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Playful Writing Book Now Available!

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Writing for fun and discovery!

Find 150 playful writing explorations for young children. Activities include a creative start and uses writing as a natural extension of self-expression, and playful encounters. Prompts and guiding questions keep children writing for real purposes children care about. Each activity includes Early Writer ideas for those emergent learners, as well as Ready Writer activities for those ready for more advanced and complete writing projects.

The playful writing activities are organized into 15 chapters. That include a combination of informational and fictional writing experiences. Take a look!

Playful Writing Link

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Party Poppers with a Twist

Kids love to get into the New Year’s Action or any party with the opportunity for games and fun. These poppers are easy to make and fun for kids to get some party action. Filling the prize with notes, riddles, jokes, fortunes, and quotes adds playful writing into the fun.

What You Need: Recycled cardboard tubes (paper towels, toilet paper, or wrapping paper tubes work great!) cut into 4-6 inch lengths, tape, scraps of wrapping or tissue paper, scissors, strips of colorful paper or cardboard for surprise writing

photo of supplies: paper, tubes, scissors, tape, ribbon, and cardboard strips

Recycle holiday tubes, wrappings, and ribbons to make these fun party poppers

Play and Write! Show children samples of party poppers or make one ahead of time as a model so they have the idea of how they work.

1. Children write favorite riddles, jokes, make-up fortunes, sayings, pictures, and look up quotes to write on the colored strips of paper. Fold the strips accordion style.
2. Cut the cardboard tubes in half.
3. Cut wrapping paper 3 inches longer than the tubes. Decorate the paper with drawings and writing.

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Shadow Stories

Turn shadows into fun story characters with nothing more than the flap and wave of fingers, a

bright wall, and a dark night (or dark room!).

What You Need: lamp or flashlights, wall or ceiling


Darkness comes early on these wintery days. With a little light projected onto a wall and lots of imagination, children have lots of fun creating shadow animals and other story characters.
Try out these old time favorites and soon children will be making up their own versions or birds, animals, and people.

shadow animals: elephant, rabbit, bird, and dog

Try these classic animal shadows!

Once the children have their own favorite characters, encourage them to interact with each other to let the stories begin! Continue reading

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Back to School Game

Wow! It’s that time again. One way I have found to integrate playful writing in these early back to school days is to have kids create a game and make up the rules so everyone has fun playing it. This is an easy way for children to understand the need for some classroom rules as well. Everyone wins when the rules are understood and created to ensure everyone is safe, respected, and has fun.

Photo of game materials

Choose easy to find objects for creative game materials.

What You Need: An assortment of objects such as: plastic spoons, paper cups, cotton balls, ping-pong balls, checkers, jacks, etc.


1. Children work in groups of three to four. Each group has a collection of the same objects.

2. The group has a set amount of time (15 minutes or so) to create a game using the as many of the objects they would like.

3. The game is practiced and the goal of the games and directions are agreed upon.

Write About It!

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Animal Riddle Poems

Turn favorite or unusual animals into riddles with animal riddle poems. Fun to write and fun to solve!


  • Make a list of animals fun to write about.
  • Choose one and write a list of their interesting behaviors and features that make them unique.
  • Write descriptive lines from the animal’s point of view using first person “I”.
  • Arrange the lines into patterns to make a poem. Rhyme is fine! (but optional)
  • Print the poems into a riddle book or on cards with answers on the backs

Here are some riddle poems written by fourth grade children:

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Eggcellent Riddles

Hatch some fun with this animal riddle game that doubles as an egg hunt!

What you need: plastic eggs used for egg hunts, permanent markers or paint pens, oven bake clay

Play! Write!

Some possibilities...

1. Use oven-bake clay to make animals that hatch from eggs. Form animals small enough to fit inside the eggs.

2. Research to find interesting facts about the animals you choose. Unusual information make riddles trickier to solve and more fun to write.

3. Clever riddles are like puzzles. Choose four facts to write into clues. The clues lead to the answer without being too obvious.

4. Write the clues on the outside of the egg. Place the clay animal inside.

5. Hide the eggs! Once eggs are collected the fun continues as clues are read and animals guessed before opening each egg to see what pops out.

Riddle Tips

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Rebus Mystery Puzzler

Create a mystery puzzle for your friends and family to solve. Your story uses pictures for some of the words like a rebus. Once you have the story made you cut it into puzzle shape pieces.

Play!mystery puzzle example

What you need to create your puzzle:

  • Stickers of objects and story characters
  • a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, markers
  • round colored stickers (3/4 ” or 2 cm diameter)
  • manila envelope 6″ x 9″

Getting Ready to Create1.

1. Choose an idea for you mystery. Maybe something has disappeared, someone is acting strange, or something unusual is found.
2. Create characters for your story. You will need at least a main character with a problem and someone to solve it. Use your stickers to help you gather ideas for characters and story objects.

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Word Square Wonders

In this clever word game 2-3 players create their own game board from letter tiles, then take turns making as many words as possible.
5 by 5 grid (1 inch graph paper works well or make a table grid on a word processing program five rows and five columns
Letter tiles- include three of each consonant letter and four of each vowel
Container for letters
Score sheet with columns for words and points for each player (see example)
1. Players take turns drawing a letter tile and placing it on the game grid. (Letters can also be printed on the board if this is easier visually)
2. Letters continue to be drawn and placed in the squares until the 25 boxes are filled in.
3. If a word is created by adding a letter, than the player who added the letter earns points for the word (1 point for each letter).

See the examples below to view a sample game.
Example 1                              Example 2                            Example 3

4. The game can end here by totaling the word points for each play OR continue play by taking turns finding words with any adjacent letters in any pattern. Word letter counts are added to the score for each new word created.

Example 4

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Criss-Cross Rhinoceros

What you Need:

Grid paper large enough to easily write letters and see words on the page.

2- 4 players

Criss-Cross Rhinoceros Game Board

Example Game

How to Play!

1.Write the word “RHINOCEROS” in the center of the graph paper across or vertically.
2. Players take turns writing words as in an acrostic poem, using a letter from rhinoceros.
3. Words can also be included in the other words.
4. Play stops when no other words can be made.
5. The player with the most letters placed on the grid is the winner.

Have children play with a partner to decide what word to place on the game sheet.
Allow dictionaries to help support correct spelling.
Change the beginning word to fit a special interest or topic.
Add double points for words that go with the theme (for this game, animal words)
Allow challenges. If a word is challenged and misspelled, a turn is missed.

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