An effective way to inspire creative writing with children is through the use of photos in which the children themselves appear.
Take a photo with your child in it, add a few details (e.g., by drawing in the photo with Photoshop or another drawing programme) or by making a collage using pictures alongside your photo.
Encourage your child to write a creative story about the photo/picture.
If your child is not yet writing independently, act as the 'scribe' for your child by writing his/her words down on their behalf. By doing this, you are encouraging oral language development as well as creative writing.
Recently, I came across two photos that were perfect for "adding" to. They were the sort of photos that left room for something extra to be drawn in ... hopefully producing a picture that would both make sense and inspire some creative thinking.
These photos were later printed out to encourage our oldest boy to participate in some creative writing.
When children are involved personally in the story, they are often more eager to write. Anything to help reluctant writers write! The result will be a truly personalised story - created by your child.
Talk about personalised stories!
If you have a photo you'd like a drawing added into, please contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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