Fun Writing Activities to Excite Young Minds
When their creativity is encouraged, children can come up with some of the most inventive and exciting new ideas—but all too often, teachers are forced to focus on classroom activities that have more to do with memorization and recitation than inspiration and innovation. Fortunately, creative writing offers plenty of opportunities for students to dig deep and express their craziest, silliest thoughts! Use these five fun writing activities to excite young minds and to encourage your students to find joy in the act of creative expression.
1. Reflecting Through Journaling
Journaling is undoubtedly our favorite way to get kids feeling inspired and interested in the act of writing. Whether they keep a daily gratitude journal or spend 20 minutes each day answering some new journal prompts, journaling provides a safe space for kids to explore their thoughts and to get to know themselves on a deeper level.
2. Rewriting Popular Fiction
For kids who aren’t as interested in the act of daily reflection, rewriting popular works of fiction (be it movies, TV, or a favorite book series) is a fun way to get lost in the world of writing. Kids are easily immersed in their favorite characters, and they’ll love the chance to put their own unique spin on familiar stories. When tasked with rewriting a favorite story or coming up with a new installment for a beloved character, your students will be more excited to start writing.
3. Drafting Daily Poems
Could your classroom be the home to a budding Shel Silverstein? You’ll never know until you begin introducing your students to poetry! Many kids find that poems are easier to write than short stories or personal essays because the form grants them greater flexibility and creative license. Ask your students to write daily poems and watch as their creativity comes to life.
4. Composing Short Stories
Of course, for every young poet in your classroom there’s probably another student who would be much happier creating his or her own characters and fantasy worlds. Short stories are one of the most entertaining forms of writing for kids of all ages because they afford students a true sense of power. As they build settings and scenarios for their characters and figure out how to create and resolve conflicts, students will experience a feeling of empowerment and pride over the work they are creating.
5. Acting Out Their Work
Our final activity to get your students excited about writing requires a little more planning—and even though it doesn’t involve your students writing any fresh content, it’s sure to really capture their interest and inspire them in new ways! Have your students put together small skits of some of the short stories and poems they’ve written. The kids should work together in groups to figure out how to bring their writing to life and to act out their own characters and scenarios. Once they’ve developed scripts based on their writing and practiced their lines, have each group perform for the rest of the class—or even for the rest of the school!