7 Creative Writing Exercises For Kids

Creative writing is one of the most effective ways to learn written expression and creativity, both of which are essential in social life, school, and, later, professional life.

It promotes investigation, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication. It also fosters a love of reading, improves grammatical skills, and serves as a breeding ground for new ideas. It is also vital in emotional management.

We've included seven creative writing exercises for kids that can be done individually or in groups.

1 - Meditation and free writing (group or individual)

Play instrumental music and instruct the child to sit up straight with closed eyes. Then ask him to count his breaths to twenty before imagining a place he would like to be. Use your senses to observe what is happening around you to guide the meditation. Ask him to wiggle his fingers and slowly open his eyes after five minutes. Following the meditation exercise, the child should write a free essay describing the imagined location.

2 - Mystery’s friend (group)

This exercise requires using invisible ink pens, available in gift shops, and should be done in a group setting. First, distribute small papers and ask the children to choose one person from the group in secret. Then, using the invisible ink pen, they must write a personality trait of that person. Next, ask them to switch roles with their classmates and repeat the same action on the back of the paper. Finally, they exchange once more and use the pen cap's black light, and they will be able to determine which words were written on the paper they received. They must then use these characteristics to create a character of their choice.

3 - The five senses (group or individual)

Because all children enjoy sweets, I recommend that you use one in this exercise. You can, however, substitute another food, such as a piece of fruit. Instruct the child to observe the candy using all five senses: sight, touch, smell, hearing, and, finally, taste. Ask him to write down all of the sensations caused by the food on a piece of paper, preferably using comparisons, such as "the gum was acidic like a lemon."

4 - Poetic word (group or individual)

Select a book and instruct the child to open it to a specific page and look for a predefined word (e.g., the seventh word from the seventh line of page seven). Request that he write a quatrain or poem using the chosen word. Use this opportunity to discuss poetic construction: rhythm, rhyme, etc. This page contains a simple method for transmitting this information.

5 - Image reading (group or individual)

Please choose an image appropriate for the child's age and ask him to write down the emotions that the image evokes on paper. The child should then use these words to construct a poetic narrative or a short poem.

6- Crumpled paper game (group)

Begin a creative story on a sheet of paper. Crumble the paper into a ball and pass it to one of the kids, who must write three lines to continue the story. When finished, pass the paper to the next child, and so on, until the entire sheet has been filled. Finally, read the story aloud.

7 - Dice game (group or individual).

Get a dice and make a table with the columns "who," "where," and "what" and lines numbered 1 to 6 based on the premises. Then have the child roll the die and check the row and column correspondence. To get answers to the three questions, the child must roll the dice three times. Then, ask him to write a short story based on the results.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.

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