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Writing activities for your kindergartener.
Writing allows children to express their thoughts, creativity, and uniqueness. It is a fundamental way in which children learn to think critically, organize and communicate ideas, and make thinking visible and permanent. And learning to write well helps children to be better readers!
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Kindergartners are often enthusiastic writers and they will weave writing activities into their play. Provide budding writers with experiences that give them something to write about. Invented spelling is normal at this age, as children are translating the sounds of spoken words into writing.
Here's what your kindergartener can learn to do:
- Print own first and last name
- Draw a picture that tells a story and label or write about the picture
- Write upper- and lowercase letters (although they may not be clearly written)
Children at this age can read their own writing and should be encouraged to read aloud!
Be a writing role model!
Young children often mirror what they see around them: adults and older children writing lists, letters, text messaging. So make sure your child sees you writing! And talk about why you are writing about your writing so your child begins to understand why writing is important and the many ways it can be used.
Does spelling count?
Don't correct spelling and handwriting at this stage. Child specialists say “invented spelling” is just fine. Your role is to make writing fun and purposeful.
Invented spelling: your child’s first writing
This video is from Home Reading Helper, a resource for parents to elevate children’s reading at home provided by Read Charlotte . Find more video, parent activities, printables, and other resources at Home Reading Helper .
What does kindergarten writing look like?
Looking at Writing
See more samples of real writing from kindergartners in our interactive resource, Looking at Writing.
Try these writing ideas at home
Young children love to name things! Ask your child to write out labels for the rooms and objects in your house. Don't worry about invented spellings! Help your child safely tape them up for temporary display. See a real-life example in this blog post, Using but confusing, with laundry .
Ask your child to help you make a grocery list or a "to-do" list for weekend chores. Your child can dictate the list as you write, to model the process. Then switch roles, and ask your child to write the list as you dictate.
Help your child write letters to relatives and friends. These may include thank you notes or just a special note to say hello. Be sure to send your child a letter or card once in awhile too so that she is reminded of how special it is to get a letter in the mail. And consider finding a pen pal for your child.
Ask your child to draw a picture of a family activity and then write a sentence about it below the picture. Encourage your child to say the sentence and write letters to match the sounds in each word. Then have your child read what she wrote. Display the story on the refrigerator or a bulletin board — and celebrate the work!
Ask your child to tell you simple stories as you write them down. Copy the story as your child tells it, without making changes. Ask her to clarify anything you don't understand. Soon, your child will be writing her own stories. Here's a wonderful example of a story by a 5-year-old in the blog post, I like Writer's Workshop .
Identify a special "author's chair" in your home. That's where your child can sit and share out loud something she has written. Be an enthusiastic listener! This shows your child that others want to hear about her thoughts and ideas.
Encourage your child to read her stories out loud. Listen carefully with patience, and give positive feedback about her ideas and her writing!
Turn your child's writing into books! Paste her drawings and writings on pieces of construction paper. For each book, make a cover out of heavier paper or cardboard, and add special art, a title, and her name as author. Punch holes in the pages and cover, and bind the book together with yarn or ribbon.
Encourage your child to take notes on trips or outings, and to describe what she saw, using all of her senses. This could include a description of a walk outside, a ride in a car or a bus, or other events that lend themselves to note taking.
Hang a family message board in the kitchen and leave notes there for your child. Encourage your child to write a message back and post it to the board.
Reading supports writing
Read books together! Early and frequent exposure to letters, sounds, words, and stories helps kids learn to read and write .
Talk about vivid words
As you read to your children, point out things the book author did to make the book so fun to read. "Wow! Listen to how the author describes the ocean. Don't those words make you feel like you're back jumping over waves?"
Get your kindergartner writing!
Write, revise, and edit
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Fun Writing Activities for Kindergarten Students
by Studentreasures | Jan. 25, 2022 | Writing Skill-Building Activity
Kindergarten is when most children begin learning basic communication skills that they will build upon for the rest of their lives, and these basic skills include reading and writing . Writing is a way for children to express their thoughts and creativity and show off their uniqueness!
Additionally, writing is a crucial part of children discovering how to think critically and organize and communicate their ideas effectively. Their foundational writing skills will help them hone their foundational reading skills, which will benefit them as they progress through their academic careers!
Here are some fun ideas we came up with to help you establish a stable foundation of reading and writing in your newly minted students.
Writing Activities : Words and Letters
Learning about words and letters is a great way to help young learners gain more familiarity with language and writing. These activities focus on the building blocks of writing , which students will use to begin their journey into literacy.
Talk About Words
When you read a story to the class, take some time either during or after to have a discussion about words. Ask the class about new words they hadn’t heard before or particularly vivid words that they like the sound of. Ask them about words the author used to describe settings or characters, then ask them what other words the author could have used or how they would have described the scene.
Use art to ease kindergartners into writing! Kids love the opportunity to make something creative, so harness that energy and direct it towards learning the shape of letters. They can do this activity with construction paper and markers or pens; you can also use something with more sensory feedback, like Play-Doh, pieces of yarn or building toys.
Have your students choose a favorite letter, then make art of that letter. This can mean drawing, sculpting or simply putting yarn or LEGOs in the shape of a letter. If you’re using Play-Doh or another reusable medium, you can name a letter and have students make that letter, then take it apart and repeat. If you choose to have them draw letters, consider choosing a word and having each student contribute a letter to make a collaborative art piece.
Writing Names and the Alphabet
At this age, most young learners can print their first and last names and several letters of the alphabet. Practicing writing their names and the letters of the alphabet will help them become more familiar with letters and words over time.
As students add to their written vocabularies, have them put that knowledge to use by labeling pictures! This works with pictures they’ve drawn (encourage them to label people, places and objects), or they can do it with illustrations from picture books or online. You can use this activity to introduce young learners to new themes you’ll be using in future activities—for example, have them label a drawing of sea life as an introduction to a unit focused on ocean-themed activities.
Tip: Remember that kindergartners may use invented spellings of words. At this stage of their development, they’re still in the process of understanding how spoken language translates to written language, and experts agree that too much emphasis on proper spelling can be discouraging. Instead, encourage the parts they’re getting right!
The Other Kind of Letters
Another fun activity for kindergarten students is writing a letter to a friend or family member or writing something kind in a card for someone, such as grandparents or extended family, who will appreciate the sentiment. This also helps children get in the habit of being considerate to others and organically expressing their appreciation when someone else shows consideration to them.
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Writing activities : composition.
Once they know the building blocks, it’s time to build something! These activities help students begin to express themselves through writing, including how to write about things they care about and how writing can help them organize their thoughts.
Stretch a Sentence
Start with a very short sentence (like “the dog ran”). Have your kindergarteners copy the sentence onto a piece of paper. Next, they’ll copy the sentence again, but add one or more words describing the dog (like “the little dog ran”). Now, ask them to copy their new sentence and add one or more words describing where the dog ran (like “the little dog ran home”).
Finally, ask them to copy their sentence one more time, adding “because” to the end and explaining why the dog did that (like “the little dog ran home because it was dinner time”). Students can volunteer to read their sentences to the class and see how many different sentences they all came up with!
Anyone who’s talked to a kindergartener knows they are quite opinionated, so use those interests and hobbies as a jumping-off point for them to practice writing . Make up a worksheet with half the paper available for a drawing and on the other half, make it say on one line “ [blank] is the best” and on the next line down, “I like it because [blank] .”
At the top of the worksheet, label it with which favorite they’ll be writing about (favorite color, favorite place, favorite animal, etc.). After everyone has finished their worksheet, have students discuss their favorites. Make sure to emphasize that it’s not a contest and the point isn’t to convince anyone to like the same thing. Everyone can like different things, and those differences are part of what makes us all unique .
Having students take some time to journal can help them process their memories and emotions, keep track of important events and practice mindfulness. Journal topics have a vast and varied range, and it’s easy to use journaling as part of most activities. Journal topics can range from general events (like their last birthday or their favorite thing to do during recess) to more specific events (like what they did during a holiday break or over the weekend).
Journaling can ease students back into coursework after school has been out for a break, help students articulate their feelings or bring the class back to a calming headspace after something more active.
Story from a Picture
This activity is perfect if you have the time and resources available for a one-on-one activity with your students. Ask one of your students to look at a picture that shows a scene with two or more characters or one character interacting with the environment. Have them make up a story about what’s happening in the picture. As they tell the story, write down what they tell you. Don’t correct anything they tell you but ask them to clarify anything that doesn’t make sense, including establishing motivations for the character’s actions.
Tip: Thousands of royalty-free copies of illustrations from public domain books are available online. Many of them will have exciting images guaranteed to entice the imaginations of kindergarteners.
Students Read Aloud to the Class
Most kindergarteners love being the center of attention in a familiar environment. Allowing them to read their writing aloud to the rest of the class will enable them to express their individuality, reinforce their reading skills and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of writing and reading—not to mention public speaking—that will benefit them as they continue through school.
Writing Activities : Writing Practice
Ask any published writer, and they’ll tell you one of the most important parts of writing is consistent practice! Teaching young learners to make a habit of writing and incorporate writing into their everyday lives will help them prioritize literacy.
Model Good Writing Habits
Kids are more likely to do something if they see a trusted adult doing it, so model the different ways your students can use writing in their own lives. Use your whiteboard to write a daily schedule at the beginning of the day or the various topics or lessons you will cover. Have your students help brainstorm lists for different activities and write down their contributions.
When you write something down during class, let students know you’re making a note for later. Explain to them that writing is a crucial part of everyday life and it can help them plan their work accordingly.
Make a To-Do List
When doing a multi-step activity, have students write down the steps and cross them off as they finish each one. Having a list in front of them will help young learners plan for larger assignments, and the satisfaction of crossing something off a list and having a list of completed tasks instills a sense of accomplishment .
This might seem a bit young to start thinking about concepts like “time management” and “prioritizing tasks.” Still, if you introduce these skills early on, they’ll be better equipped to learn the skills in later years after having had them modeled and familiarized when they were younger.
Many studies show the benefits of practicing gratitude. It’s easy to remember the negative things that happen, but taking some time to intentionally think about things in life that you’re thankful for can help put things in a positive perspective. Ask students to write down one thing they’re happy about, put the paper in a safe place and add a new thing every day.
Anytime they’re feeling sad or upset, they can get out their lists and look at all the good things in their lives. This is an excellent activity to start the week (or each day) since it doesn’t take much time and will lift the room’s energy as everyone thinks of things that make them happy.
Life Goals List
Ask students to make a list of things they want to do when they grow up. This list can include occupations, major life milestones like going to college or getting married, or other accomplishments like climbing to the top of a mountain or traveling to other countries.
Once everyone is finished, have each of them share one goal with the class. Lead a discussion about the different goals everyone has chosen, and encourage students to add goals to their list if one of their classmates had an idea they really liked and want to try themselves.
Don’t Break the Chain!
Set up a classroom challenge to do a specific activity (like weekly journaling or a daily gratitude list) consistently over a set interval (you can set a long timeframe, like the entire school year or a shorter time frame, like a week). Generally, you want to balance the activity and the timeframe, so daily activities pair well with a shorter time frame, and weekly activities pair better with a longer timeframe.
Once you’ve set the terms, challenge students to complete “links” in the “chain” by meeting the terms. If they miss one, they break the chain. See who can make the longest chain or set a group goal for the whole class to participate in the challenge together as a team.
You can help your class take the next step on their writing journey by publishing their work in a classbook! Simply start with any of the aforementioned writing activities —or any of their other writings and drawings—then use our free classbook publishing kits to do the rest. These classbooks are an excellent keepsake that will remind your students of their humble kindergarten beginnings.
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27 Fun Writing Projects for Kindergarten
- Kristin Halverson
- January 20, 2021
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While so often we feel the pressure to push the standards, push the benchmarks, push the curriculum down to a point where we suck all the fun out of learning, we also know in our hearts what five and six-year-olds need. We know what good teaching and learning are. To that end, we’ve come up with 27 Fun Writing Projects for Kindergarten, because sometimes, you just need to shut your door and do what you know is best (and if you’re lucky – you can leave that door wide open and share it with the world).
Writing with kindergarteners and first graders is in a realm of its own – and this year that fact is even more painfully apparent. How many times have you sat through a workshop or PD focused on writing, only to have most of it not apply to you? Or dealing with people who think all of elementary can share basically the same model, rubric, or report card lines? Yeesh. We’ve all been there.
If you’re lucky, you’ve never been in that position. If you’re lucky, you’ve never felt like what you’re being asked (ahem, mandated) to do is inappropriate, asking too much of your youngest learners. Thankfully, we are good at letting people know that we are in a different world and that along with that world comes the joy of helping students recognize themselves at their earliest stages of schooling as authors. I will never forget the beginning of the year author celebrations I have held – the beaming smiles, the kids realizing that they are, in fact, authors. It is magical. 🥰
1. Nature Journaling –
These can be as simple or elaborate as you want to get – a stapled pack of papers or a fancy notebook. Regardless of what medium you use, kids LOVE to be outside. Why not incorporate nature into writing? Journal the changing seasons, observe your schoolyard and write five senses poetry, or simply partake in an, “I notice, I wonder, It reminds me of,” activity. Don’t think you have nature in your schoolyard? You’d be surprised at what your students can find.
Project 2. Letters to Family/Pen Pals –
Letter writing is a great, purposeful activity that kids love because they get to write all about themselves while practicing writing skills. I’ve done pen pals as well as letters to a special loved one Friday of each week to which that special adult then replies (I usually save these and bind them at the end of the year as a keepsake). Don’t have time to do a weekly letter? Penpals are another wonderful option. Join a Facebook teacher group ( Fearless First Grade Teachers or another one!) to make a match with a teacher in another part of the world. Bonus for this one? Students learn about what it is like to be a kid in another part of the world and with how tech-savvy we’re all becoming with distance learning, why not set up a few Zoom events between pen pals over the course of the year?
3. Lists –
Lists are fun? I can hear you now… “Are you crazy?!?” I just may be, but I think lists can be a simple, engaging way for kids to write. It is much less intimidating to write a word or two on a list than an entire piece. The lists kids can make are endless – my students were particularly fond of writing lists of kids in our class and their favorites in any category. One of the best things about list writing? It easily transfers to any number of situations and is incredibly purposeful – adults make lists all the time so this one is an easy one to have family involvement with as well. Groceries, anyone?
4. Persuasive Letters –
Kids are masters at persuasion and see a great deal of what they deem unfair in the world (sometimes rightfully so!). Help give them an outlet for their arguments by teaching them that adults will listen to them much better if they have a well thought out argument and a reason for the proposed change. My favorite thus far has to be the student that argued for an 80’s dress-up day each week. #scrunchiesandfluorescents
Project 5. Cards –
Partner up with a local nursing/assisted living home, especially now when they are on lock-down, to share the lightheartedness of children. Kids can make cards for holidays or just because. Only once or throughout the year to a specific adult. What a great way to spread sunshine and kindness. Even more so if you are able to make a year-long connection (pen pal-Esque) for people who may be feeling very lonely and isolated. I mean, have you seen those videos of preschools in nursing homes? Have you read the research? The benefits abound for both groups of people!
6. Sharing/Show and Tell –
Kids love to talk about themselves. We all know this. It is the topic they know the most about, too. Capitalize on this and use it for your sharing/show and tell time. Students are welcome to share in the manner you normally use but simply have them write their thoughts down first. (This could be done at centers or at home).
7. All About Me –
Many kindergarten classrooms have an all about me or star student routine. Simply extend this to have students make a mini-book all about themselves. After their sharing day/week, add this book to your classroom library for kids to read (you may want to have the student dictate the piece to you and you add that to the page as well). Don’t want to get that in-depth? Make it a poster and hang it up in the room or by their cubby for future reference/reading.
Project 8. Partner Compare and Contrast –
Compare and Contrast with a Partner, helps kids recognize what is the same, and different about them is so beneficial. I like taking large construction paper and making a modified T-chart or Venn diagram. After modeling, pair up kids who may seem very different from each other and have them talk and write together how they’re the same and how they’re different. This one does double duty and has the huge added bonus of community building!
9. Classroom Cookbook –
Take your pick on the theme. This is a hilarious writing project that can be created as a gift to families/loved ones. (Who are sure to love it as well). I’ve done this one around Thanksgiving, but you could really do it anytime. Have kids pick their favorite foods and write their recipes for what is included and how to cook them. A great activity to participate in after reading Stone Soup or another book about cooking.
10. Pattern Books –
This is a fun reading extension for kids with their favorite picture books. It can be done as a whole group, interactive writing activity (with something like Seven Fat Cats by Joy Cowley ) or you could have each student do their own page and bind it together for a classroom book (with something like Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner). These books are always a big hit in the classroom library and are usually the first selected during choice reading time.
Project 11. Labeling the Classroom (or House!) –
Challenge kids to label things at home and have family take photos to share (send home with index cards) – Labeling is another simple, low-level entry into writing for some of those reluctant writers. I love to start this off by having the students use post-its to label me. They giggle non-stop at my post-it laden body – but are learning at the same time (aren’t those the best times?). I’ve only been interrupted by other adults in the building a few times and they’re sure to giggle and whip out their cameras as well – so be ready for some embarrassing photos of you to circulate around the school!
But seriously, labeling is a great place to practice writing – saying words slowly, hearing and recording sounds. I have done this in interactive writing as well. I would recommend putting together some scrap paper cut up into index card-sized pieces (think about all that paper that is copied wrong or only one-sided – virtual gold mine right there!) as a take-home kit or for use during centers so students can continue their labeling fun. Make it a competition and have adults at home take photos of their labels. See who can get the most labeling done in a given amount of time! Kids love a good competition (and benefit from learning how to lose gracefully once in a while).
12. DIY Alphabet Chart –
Another low-entry but fun activity for kids….and when they make their own, they learn more and are more likely to use it in the future as a reference tool! You could do one together as a group during interactive writing and then have it as a center activity to work on at the beginning of the year. Once they have their personal completed chart, I like to laminate them and have them handy as a reference tool in their toolbox.
13. Gratitude Journaling –
Focusing on what you’re thankful for makes you happier – and don’t we all want our students to be happier? Help create a culture of gratitude that will span the years with easy to use sentence stems and fill in the blank. I like to make these easier at the beginning of the year and then as time goes on, increase the amount they need to write. Sight words like I and am can be traceable to start, then later on, fill in the blank. They could be a weekly or a monthly activity and make another great keepsake.
Project 14. Friendship Books –
This one gets my heart every time. I’ve taught in a few districts and at two of them, at some point, a community-building activity took place where staff gave compliments to other staff on a piece of circulating paper with their name. There’s some pre-teaching that needs to be done here, about complimenting people for their inside characteristics, not their looks, their clothes, etc…but once you’ve had some practice with that, oh… these are golden.
I recommend starting with a cardstock sheet that has the student’s picture on it and leaving scrap paper out by that. That way, you minimize the risk of ruining the entire sheet if one kid makes a big mistake or decides to write REALLY BIG (we all know that kid!). Later on, scan the scraps in and arrange them on one sheet to glue onto the cardstock (or print it all as one). Community building and seeing the good in others at its best!
15. Writing On/In Unique Materials –
Not looking for a big project, but want kids to have some fun with a quick, engaging activity practicing a phonics skill or sight words? Shaving cream, colored sand, oobleck, colorful glittery hair gel in a bag, scratch paper, glitter pens, sparkly markers, hidden message (white crayon and marker over the top later on), rainbow writing (using all the colors of the rainbow), play-doh, stamping, or chalk on the sidewalk/playground are all great ways to accomplish this! Sensory writing hits the mark with memory. Have an easel in your classroom? Cabinets? Tables? Tape some paper up (or under in the case of the table) and have the kids do writing on these surfaces to encourage fine motor/hand muscle development (c’mon, we all know they need more of that these days)!
16. Word Scavenger Hunt 🔎
An easy center activity that kids love – like writing the room, but with zero prep on your part! Kids search the classroom, hallways, library, etc. (with an aide if you’re lucky enough to have one) for words and write them on clip boarded recording sheets. Get those kids moving! And who knew clipboards could make things so much more fun?!
Project 17. Little Books –
These are super simple preparation and can be used for a writer’s workshop or during centers. Just fold and staple some copy paper with lines for a title, author, and text on each page. Feel your kids out for how many pages they’re ready for at that point (start small) and model so they know what to do with them – then set them loose! These are great to share with the class when they’re done and really solidify the feeling of being an author.
18. Change the World Thought Bubbles –
One of my favorite projects I have done with students is during January. We spend most of our school year with an underlying theme of how we can make the world a better place, so this isn’t anything new, but I link it to MLK, Jr. By January, the kids have been exposed to a number of ways they can make a difference in the world and usually have no problem coming up with ways they want to make the world better for everyone, but I still recommend brainstorming some ideas during interactive writing first.
Then, I photograph the kids in front of a simple background with their best ‘thinking’ pose and print them in black and white. I trim them, but the kids glue their photo and a thought bubble with how they want to change the world onto a large sheet of black construction paper and finally sign it with their name and age in white colored pencil (I learned the hard way – crayon melts when laminating).
19. Shadow Tracing –
This is a fabulous integration of science and writing… Check out the shadow tracing activity from PBS Learning Media or use plastic animals for kids to trace. Take photographs of each stage and help kids assemble them into booklets (hello, sequencing!). Students can write about what happened each time they traced the shadow and why they think their investigation had these results.
Project 20. Mystery Object Observations –
This is a great way to get students to practice using sensory words in their writing. Create a simple shoe-box with a hole in the side or a paper bag that has a mystery object inside. This could easily be a weekly center activity with some pre-teaching and modeling/practice during interactive writing (make sure you impress upon the kids that it isn’t about getting the ‘right’ answer to discourage peeking). Having a three-ring binder clip with sensory words on it as a reference can be a helpful addition.
21. Silly Sentences –
This engaging activity can be done with pictures or with sentence pieces. I used this as a center activity with pictures. I gathered a collection of strange photos (think gummy bears coming out of the bathroom faucet or a dog holding an ice cream cone), laminated them, and put one out a week. The students then had to come up with one asking and one telling sentence each week. Once the sentence was good to go in pencil, they could choose a glittery pen to trace over it.
These photos could also be a story starter activity. Alternatively, I’ve done something similar with sentence pieces that the kids put together in a silly way (Think, “The dog read the weather report to the flock of seagulls.” “The teacher sang a book report for the backyard.”). Each part of the sentence is on a different color background, and the kids know they have to put them in rainbow order, not skipping any colors. Then, they write them down on their recording sheet and illustrate. These crack me up when I’m checking them and the sound of little giggles can be heard daily as they’re working…and is there anything better than little giggles?
22. Weather Report –
As a part of your morning meeting or classroom jobs, you could have a weather reporter. During soft landing time (as the kids trickle in and take care of lunch count, etc. in the morning), I would have the assigned student write a weather report for the day that they shared during the morning meeting. This can be done at a variety of levels, from circling images to writing the entire piece – depending on your students and the time of the year. Even better if you have an old blazer and fake glasses for the kids to wear while giving the weather report!
Project 23. Classroom News –
An extension of the weather report can be a weekly classroom news reporter that gives their report on Friday during the morning meeting. Give them some support recording events of the week with a graphic organizer. – A sentence a day with the highlight to share is a great goal. To make it even more fun, give them some props like a desk to sit behind and a microphone. – Record it to share with families if you’re able! As with any ‘presentation’ activity, I always give my students the option to pass as some students just aren’t comfortable speaking in front of the class. Through community building, we are usually able to get everyone participating in the middle of the year, but it is always an option, never required.
24. Character Education Cards –
Interactive writing is such a great platform for kindergarteners to learn about writing. Why not use it to incorporate some of those things kids need to know that we never seem to have time in the day for anymore? Create a classroom set of character education cards, listing the trait, like sharing, with a definition and an example. Then, challenge the students to practice it for a given amount of time. Point it out whenever you or others observe it to encourage internalization of that trait.
25. Invent an Insect –
Do you teach insects in science? Did someone bring in a chrysalis or caterpillar they found? This is perfect! Give kids a jar template and have them draw a stick/leaves in the jar. Then using fingertip prints (with ink pads or a marker) have them create different insects and label them. After labeling, they can write a sentence or two about their insects underneath the jar.
Project 26. The Eyes Are Watching –
Let kids express their creativity with this fun activity using simply a set of googly eyes! Give kids a set of googly eyes, (There are so many varieties to pick from!) and have them glue them on their paper. Starting with those eyes as the base, they draw a character (animal, human, or other) around them and write about their character. You can encourage them to base their character on different learning themes or units of study or let it be completely open-ended. This can be extended for a number of days by adding new characters to the story each day with a new set of eyes.
27. Bandaid Story –
Another low material project where kids get to write about themselves and their lives. It’s a big hit, especially as an option during centers. The students draw themselves, sticking a real band-aid on their picture in a place they got hurt at some point in their life. Then, they tell the story of how they were hurt.
No matter what you do, we know that kids thrive when you make writing purposeful. (Why write if it is just to make your teacher happy?) Focus on what they can do and celebrate the small victories. (And make sure families understand that developmental writing is exactly what the kids should be doing right now!). Celebrate, celebrate, and celebrate some more! – By building in a sharing routine for their work, their confidence will only increase. They’ll want to write more and when they write more, they get better and enjoy it more.
If you have any Fun Writing Projects for Kindergarten that you enjoy doing in your classroom, please share them in the comments below. 👇🏼
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You can’t believe that your little one was just learning to sit, stand and walk recently, and now, they have stepped into kindergarten! This is the time your kid starts holding a pencil to learn writing. Kindergarten writing activities can come in handy while introducing them to writing skills. At this age, they have ideas and thoughts that cannot be expressed by writing. But if trained in the right manner, they may develop good writing skills and beautiful handwriting.
10 Fun Writing Activities For Kindergarten
Children need different platforms to learn and write. You should not restrict your kids from writing on wall or door, as this is their first writing activity . You can hang a mini chalk board on the wall to avoid your wall getting dirty.
Here are some interesting and creative kindergarten writing games and activities.
1. Write an alphabet, number or shape on a white paper and make them to trace it with different colors of crayons.
2. Make rough cut outs of 3-4 buses and draw windows, wheels and doors with a sketch pen. Ask them to count and write windows, doors and wheels in each bus.
3. Collect clipboards and tape them with painter’s tape. Make colorful chalk boards by applying colorful paints and your child will happily start writing on it.
4. Write alphabets, shapes or numbers on sandpaper and children will enjoy tracing it with colorful yarns. As sandpaper is rough, the yarn will stay stiff on it.
5. Draw a colorful house and make them to count windows and doors in it.
6. Cut the cardboard into the heart or different shapes and make a chalkboard out of it.
7. Make flower petals out of cardboard and ask them to color, count and write on petals.
8. Sand writing will be fun for kids.
9. Children enjoy making shape and alphabets with dough than paper.
10. Your children will love to write on the white board or tiles with dry erase markers.
Tips To Improve Your Kindergarten Writing
Handwriting is one of the important parts of education, without which the education is incomplete.
- Involve your children in drawing and coloring and this will improve their handwriting .
- Make them write on dotted lines.
- Finger writing is another best way to improve their writing.
Cursive Writing Is Fun and your children have to use it daily. Here are some tips to help them learn cursive writing:
- Take A4 size sheet and fold it lengthwise.
- Make your kid write his/her name in cursive writing.
- Cut the paper in the shape of the alphabet.
- Unfold the paper and see the magic .
- Ask them to color and decorate the paper.
Writing Is Fun:
Generally, kids love to work with colorful things. Kindergarten children think writing is fun and grasp writing basics very soon. But they also have short attention spans, so it is vital you give them varied exercises.
- A writing activity is very important for children to improve and control their motor movements.
- It is tricky to make writing activities for kindergarten, as kids have different level of abilities.
- Initially, they find difficulty in holding a pencil and running their hand across the paper.
- You’ll get to know about your kid’s learning abilities during her writing activity, and design appropriate activities for them.
- Kids will get confidence and will improve their creativity under your guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can most kindergarteners write?
Children make attempts to write by the age of three to four. By the time they reach six years, they may be able to write a few sentences on topics that interest them ( 1 ).
2. Why are writing activities important?
Writing activities teach children to organize their thoughts, think logically, strengthen memory power and improve literary capacity. Holding a pen or pencil improves motor skills in children ( 2 ) ( 3 ).
It is beneficial to start teaching children to write from kindergarten to aid them in developing this skill quicker with age. This list of fun kindergarten writing activities you can try with your child can make this learning process easier and more enjoyable. These activities are easy to arrange and do not require many supplies. It can also benefit your kid if you are involved in these activities, allowing you to bond with your little one and teach them to do it the right way.
- Typical Language Accomplishments for Children, Birth to Age 6 — Helping Your Child Become a Reader; https://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/reader/part9.html
- Writing With Children; https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/professionals/learning/ecliteracy/emergentliteracy/Pages/writingwithchildren.aspx
- Why Should Students Write In All Subjects; https://www.edutopia.org/article/why-students-should-write-all-subjects
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Top 10 Best Writing Activities for Kindergarteners – 2023 Compilation
However, most children are naturally curious and hyperactive, which is why it is difficult to engage them in boring classes.
Great Writing Activities For Kindergarten
Here are some amazing activities that we think that your preschoolers will love and enjoy. Make sure to keep them super fun and interactive!
1. Giant Letter Maze
This activity takes very little time and effort to set up. All you need is to place a large sheet of paper on the ground and write the letters on it. The letters do not have to be necessary in order.
2. Dough Your Letters
3. who am i.
The first thing a child must learn is how to write their name. This cool self-introduction activity is a fun way to start teaching your students the basics of writing. The worksheet is designed for kindergarten students to fill in their personal information such as their name, age, and the city they live in. The worksheet includes a space for the kid to draw their picture and the place where they live. It is a simple and easy writing activity that most preschoolers enjoy doing. You can also ask the students to talk about their favorite color, sports, or book while filling the sheet to make it more engaging and fun. The worksheet, along with more details, is available on Playtolearnpreschool.us and can be printed by parents or teachers. Print as many worksheets as you want for your classroom, and you are good to go!
4. Pick a Picture, Tell a Tale
5. find your valentine card.
You can download printable picture cards with cool vocabulary words related to Valentine’s day and paste them all around the classroom. Print the response sheets for students and ask them to find the words on the picture cards that start with the letter given in their sheets.
6. Aye, Aye Captain!
7. let’s do a century .
The 100th day of the class is a great day to celebrate with the children. It denotes that you have spent 100 days with the kids, laughing and learning amazing things. This Let’s Do A Century writing activity is a great way to celebrate the 100th day of learning for preschoolers and kindergartners. Ask them to write 100 things that they want and 100 things they do not want. The teacher can collect the response sheets at the end of the day. This activity is a great way to see what the students have learned so far while making them practice their vocabulary and writing skills in a fun manner. You can check out more similar ideas for the 100th-day celebration for your class available at TheKindergartenSmorgasBoard.com .
8. Thanksgiving Word Hunt
9. spring writing fest.
Ask the students to cut the jumbled letters at the bottom of the page and paste them on their sheet after assembling them in the correct order. Now, students must copy and write the same word in front of the pasted letters, or you can ask them to write a sentence with the focus word in it.
10. Reindeer Food Writing Tray
What supplies are needed for these activities.
Most activities that we have compiled include printable worksheets or picture cards that you can download from the given websites. For this, you may need a color printer and paper.
Dealing with young children is not an easy job, especially if they are hyperactive and super notorious with a very little attention span. Therefore, we believe that the activities we have compiled are a great way to engage your students in some fun learning and writing activities.
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10 Fun Writing Activities for Kindergarteners At Home
In this blog post, we will share ten fun writing activities for kindergarteners at home that could help your child practice essential skills and stay motivated. With the right amount of support, encouragement, and guidance, they can master these creative activities quickly. So read on to learn more about these writing exercises for kindergarteners!
Writing Activities for Kindergarteners at Home
Writing is the ability to express thoughts and knowledge on paper. This skill is crucial and priceless. Maybe, the way a person writes or the imagination he manifests is somewhere associated/reflects the inner mind. Hence, developing writing skills is worthwhile.
Focusing on writing ability enables your child to learn phonetics and comprehensive skills. Thus develops communication skills.
Does your child feel it challenging to write? Or he hates those writing practices? Well, there’s nothing to worry about! Kindergarteners often find writing as a tedious activity.
Even grown-ups don’t like to write. But, for kindergarteners, it’s an essential part of learning. Without a formidable foundation, academic success is not achievable. So what to do? Well, here are ten fun writing activities for kindergarteners at home.
- Paint Your Name
Kids often love art and craft activities. As the name suggests, painting your name is creative and lets your child learn too. You could also add sight words as the kid progresses.
To start this activity, take a paper, and write the word using tape. Yes, a tape! And then, color the paper, peel off the tape.
Now, the page is colored, but the word isn’t. The kid may color it using crayons or Do-A-Dot Marker. It’s better to use colors with fewer chemicals and dermatologically tested ones, if possible.
- Make a Fancy Book
Kids love colors, diagrams, and pictures. You can make a perfect fancy activity book in which the kid follows the instructions to create lines, sketches, color the pictures, write words, copy and write the words, then color it, etc. You could also download tracing photographs of animals or objects from the internet.
The child needs to trace all the dots and complete the image. Secondly, he can even color it according to him and then write its correct name. By doing so, he is writing, practicing, and gaining control (developing motor skills).
The book can also include matches. Divide a page into two; the left side has images, and the right side has their names. It would be better if you jumble up both sides. The kid needs to match the entire table. This activity focuses on practice and control!
- Go Shopping Together
Wait a minute! This activity is not to test your patience. Well, it might sound troublesome, but you can profit from it. Why not ask them to make a shortlist of groceries, including their wishes (toys, chocolate, etc.)
They can also draw a picture of those things (if they can’t write). Taking them shopping allows them to see new words, colors, and things.
People often buy picture books that consist of an image with different objects marked with numbers. And, at the end of the page, there’s the solution to those numbers.
Example: Image of a classroom, duster marked as 1, bench as 2, doors as 7, fans as 3, etc. Teaching from a picture book is great, but taking the child on a real tour is excellent.
You could do the same thing in the store without worrying about people (as you are just showing the items to your kindergartener). So maybe there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
- Write a Story
Kids are more creative in their kindergarten times. They usually enjoy doing creative activities. Encourage him to create a short story on his own.
Parents need to help them, and the assistance may vary from child to child. If the child cannot write the story or frame it, you could listen to it. And then help them write it down.
To help them, design a book with bright colors, tracing words, images to paint, or add your illustrative ideas. Your child will love to see his story in a book with pictures.
I know, the majority of the job would be for the parents but it’s alright. This activity encourages them to express their thoughts and gives you an image of their subconscious mind.
- Match The Following
A Match is an old-school approach every student knows. Here for kindergarteners, you can create cards with different words and their meaning or their image. Now, place those cards and ask the kid to match them appropriately.
- Fill the Blanks
Take your child’s favorite storybook. Now, create a short paragraph with blanks. Now, recite the story to the child and then let him attempt the blanks. Blanks here should be words he knows or sight words. Suppose, “____ upon a time,” and you give him three options; Once, Twice, and ago. Now, the child needs to select the most appropriate word.
Even if he doesn’t select the correct word, he has seen one more word today. And, ask him to write the answer. You can give him a paragraph with 5 to 10 words.
This activity also helps your child to understand basic grammar, at least plural and singular. Slowly, he will be able to identify where to apply singular and plural.
- Write Message
You can use a message board for this. You can leave notes for your kid and ask him to write back their answer on the board. Or you can also use the same playing hunt game.
You may hide objects at different places in your home and give the child a clue note. When he finds the first object, he needs to write down the name of the object.
Then read the second clue and find the second object. You can make 4 to 5 notes initially and increase if the child shows decent interest.
- Roll the Dice and Write
In this activity, you will need paper, a marker, and a few images. Now, make a table/matrix of 2×3 (total six cells).
Now, give a number to each cell (you can shuffle it) and paste an image in each cell. Now, ask the child to roll the dice, and whatever number comes, he needs to write down the object name.
Suppose: Cell 1 is Bat, 2 is Orange, 4 is Apple, 6 is Car. You roll the dice, and the outcome is “4”, and the kid writes “Apple.” That’s all!
- Build New Words
For this activity, you will need color paper, a pen/marker, and scissors. Just take two to three cutouts of each alphabet and place them in a shuffled manner. Now, give your child ten words to assemble from the cutouts.
You directly, but he might try to form new words after doing this activity and learn new words (at the same time). Maybe those words won’t be meaningful, but at least he will find them attractive. And, assuming and creating is the first step towards learning!
- Poems, Stories, and Envelopes
It is an old-fashioned way of learning . You teach the child rhymes, poems and recite stories. And, the child is asked to write whatever he remembers. Or poem is given with blanks, and the kid fills it.
Additionally, you can add envelopes. Suppose your kid’s birthday is coming. Let him write his birthday invitation? People often do this and even compare envelopes of different years. You can also encourage your child to write envelopes on various occasions!
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Top 10 Fun Writing Activities For Kids
by Eva St. Clair November 22, 2017 4 min read 2 Comments
All parents strive to give proper education to their children. However, each of you should remember that high-quality education starts not at school or prestigious university, but at home, where parents devote enough time to educate their kids. In this post, I will tell you about ten fun ideas of writing games for kids that will help you to teach your children in a simple and enjoyable way!
What Are The Most Fun Writing Games For Kids?
To make a significant contribution to your kid’s development and education you should keep in mind that the main activity for every child is a game. Through the game, the child discovers the world around him. Therefore, any developmental activity with a child should be organized in the form of a fun game to reach good results and simply ensure exciting pastime for you and your kid!
1. Finish the story
Make writing fun with some fiction prompts! If your kid can already write confidently but still does it reluctantly, offer him to play a game, during which you will have to create a short novel together. Discuss the topic with a child (find many interesting creative writing topics here ) and write down a few sentences that he will need to continue – this will get him interested and help to develop not only writing skills, but also imagination!
2. Create paintings with your names
Children often find it fun to paint. This exercise will help you to combine fun and creative activity with learning – use a sticky tape to write your names (or any other things), color the whole paper, and then peel off the tape!
3. Do grocery shopping together
Ask your kid to create a short list of groceries that you need to buy every week, including their personal wishes (chocolate, treats, and other). And, if you child can’t write yet, ask him to create the same list but in pictures and then tell you what they have drawn!
4. Creating new words
This exercise will help to develop logical thinking and enhance kid’s writing skills. Prepare several cards with short words (3-5 letters), then show them to your children and ask them to come up with two or more other words that consist of the same letters!
5. Write a book
Children tend to be more creative than adults. Moreover, the majority of them really enjoy different creative activities, so this idea will help you make teaching process much more fun! Ask your kid to create his own book (even if it is a small essay, encourage his desire to create something big) on any topic. Then help him to design the book. Create a bright cover page, add pages, and draw the illustrations together – believe me, your child will love doing this!
6. Learn the alphabet
Learn the letters while creating your own design for the alphabet! This activity is perfect for preschool education – it will help you to give the necessary knowledge base and do something fun together with your child!
7. Write a poem
This will be fun for elder schoolchildren. The idea of this task is to create everything that you kid sees around into a poem – for example, you can go for a walk and ask your son or daughter to fill in the gaps in this small poem with what they see:
At the park, I see ________________; In the woods, I hear ______________; In wintertime, I feel ______________ ; And so on.
8. Find a match
Create cards with the words of different meanings or, if your kid is a bit older, you can create cards with jobs and tools needed for them, and so on, then put them on the table and ask your son or daughter to find matching cards.
9. Add some competition
Often, competition is not only fun but also very effective! Thus, if you have more than one child (or you can invite some other kids to come over) create a fun activity for everyone; for example, ask them to create movie scripts! You can also offer a prize for the best script!
10. Fun envelopes
If you have a birthday party or any other even just around the corner – this is a great time to do another exciting writing activity! Offer your kid to create beautiful envelopes with invitations and then ask him to write a short message on each of them!
These are my top ten activities! I bet that your children will love each one of them! However, you should always keep in mind that any, at first sight, boring activity, even performing essays, can be turned into a fun game if you add just a bit of creativity and imagination and your kids will thank you for this!
Helen Birk is a passionate writer at EduBirdie and a happy mother of three amazing children. Helen claims that she enjoys spending time with her children, teaching them, and playing games. As a writer, Helen Birk is confident that writing skills are among the most basic that each person needs to have and that is why she shares her favorite training activities that she used with her kids and recommends to other parents!
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Pls post some activities for 7 to 8 class
September 28, 2021
I am a middle school teacher. Do you have any suggestions for grades six through eight? I really liked the ones for elementary school students that you posted.
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20 Creative Writing Activities for Elementary Students
March 29, 2022 // by Milka Kariuki
Writing activities have an emotional toll on young learners, given the sheer volume of letters to learn by heart, words to spell, and sounds to remember. Your students will be more excited doing tasks they consider easier, such as character description. Perhaps it’s time you considered introducing fun activities to help the learners in their writing. Here are 20 of our go-to fun activities for creative writing skills among elementary kids.
1. Writing a Comic Strip
Create a comic book idea, leaving the speech bubbles around the characters empty for the students to fill. Alternatively, you can source the comic from your favorite magazine or author and rub out the dialogue between the characters for the learners to complete.
Learn more: My Cup Runs Over
2. Mad Libs
Have the students copy a few paragraphs from a famous book. Ask them to erase words they wish to remove and replace them with a blank line. Under the space, the students should give a hint to indicate the required type of phrase or word.
3. Vocabulary Challenge
Select a new word for the learners and explain its meaning to them. Ask them to create a sentence using the new term. Tell them to practice writing an entire story based on this word.
Learn more: First Cry Parenting
4. Using an I-Spy Jar
Ask a reluctant writer to practice writing their names by fetching and arranging all the letters that make it. For an older writer, ask them to pick an object from the jar, redraw it and give a brief description of what it is or the scene.
Learn more: Imagination Tree
5. Identifying Objects
This reading and writing game is suitable for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-aged students. Ask them to color the object highlighted in the descriptive sentence. It enhances their fine motor skills, memories, and emotion.
Learn more: Kids Learning with Mom
6. Picture Dictionary
The goal of picture dictionaries will help early learners who are struggling with creative writing exercises and reading skills. Ask children to match the words provided at the top to the activities being performed in the pictures. This reading and writing activity can be developed for individuals, families, or the classroom.
Learn more: Childrensbooks
7. Journal writing
Journal writing works for learners who excel in creative stories or drawing. Have your students engaged in daily writing tasks. For instance, what food did they eat for lunch or a boring character in a favorite piece of writing?
8. Roll a Story
Roll a story will have the learners enjoy rolling dice to discover the character or scene they will be exploring in their writing. Examples of a scene they can get include casino, school, or ancient pyramid.
Learn more: Teachers Pay Teachers
On a drawing paper, make a word entry and ask the pupils to highlight it with a paintbrush or crayon. These creative writing exercises' goal is to enhance the learner’s artistic, emotional, and fine motor skills .
Learn more: Little Learners
10. Pass-it-on Story Writing
This writing game engages the language input of creative writing classes. Write the first scene of a story on a piece of paper. Have the learners come up with a sentence that continues the story. The paper is then passed on to the next child until every student has written something.
Learn more: Minds in Bloom
11. Sentence Scramble Writing
This writing activity's goal is to help children to improve their writing and sentence-building abilities. Ask the child to cut out the words at the bottom of the paper and rearrange them correctly to form a sentence.
Learn more: Twinkl
12. Picture Writing Prompts
Creative writing prompts activities test not only imagination but also a learner’s ability to make conversation on behalf of characters. Provide an entry with a picture accompanied by 3-4 writing prompts to guide them in exploring the scene. A sample question for the scene above will be, “Do the lambs feel safe with the lion?”
Learn more: Homeschool Adventure
13. Cut Out My Name
Help your kindergarten students in writing their names with this fun writing activity. Print out the learner’s name. Next, print the letters of the pupil’s name and mix them with a few random characters. Cut them apart and ask them to sort out the letters in their name.
Learn more: Simply Kinder
Writing cards helps students to engage in purposeful moments. Provide the learners with blank holiday or birthday cards. Ask them to draw or write something to the card’s receiver. Alternatively, students can design their cards and write down the desired message.
Learn more: Learn with Homer
15. Grocery List
Sit down with the child and help them write a list of healthy food items or other household objects you require. In the grocery store, have them cross out the items as they are added to the shopping cart.
Learn more: Kids Night in Box
16. Label a Diagram
Engage your child’s reading and writing abilities by printing out a diagram of simple objects such as flowers, insects, or external human body parts. Provide a list of the answers to the parts and ask them to write the word that matches each in the blank space.
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17. Disappearing Words
On a chalkboard, write down a word. Ask the learners to erase the word with a wet sponge. This way, the learners will learn how to design the letters of the alphabet. Although this writing activity is the opposite of copywriting, they both serve the same purpose.
18. Write a Story Based on the Ending
Test your student’s creativity by providing them with writing prompts that focus on an entire book, a song, or a famous story. For instance, ask students to write a story based on the ending, “And they lived happily ever after."
Learn more: Kid Pillar
19. Found Poetry
Collect words or a group of words from a favorite story or song. You can either write them on a piece of paper or cut them out of a printed page. The overall goal is to rearrange the words differently to make an interesting poem with a unique writing style or genre.
Learn more: Homeschooling Ideas
20. Sticky Notes Story
Learners may have much to say in conversation prompts but get stuck when doing the actual writing. Sticky notes will help them in aspects of writing. A student can write anything ranging from a favorite author, a favorite food, or fantasy elements.
Learn more: Teaching Made Practical
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10 Fun Writing Activities for Kids
Looking for some fun writing ideas?
We’re excited to welcome back Julie Petersen to Minds in Bloom today! Julie’s written a great post for us about fun writing activities for kids, so please read on and comment with which activities you want to try with your students!
What’s your style of teaching? Is it based on repetition? Yeah, that doesn’t work. I’ve tried it. Kids want something fun.
Today's kiddos expect to be entertained!
Yes – the students expect to be entertained . And we can use that to our advantage.
As teachers, we can make writing fun for our students!
They want diversity, and that’s exactly what makes teaching more fun, too. Here are several writing activities that my students have really enjoyed.
1. Journaling for Beginners
For this activity, you’ll need to provide a journal. If your students are extra techy, you can even provide them with a digital journal . You don’t have to spend lots of money to make the journal special. You can simply fold and staple a few pages and let the students decorate the cover with stickers, pictures, or just with markers and crayons.
If your students aren’t strong writers, they can draw. The important thing is learning self-expression.
Tell them to write (or draw) what they did throughout the day. How they brushed their teeth, what breakfast they had, how they prepared for school…anything. It’s even better if you can encourage them to express feelings, such as happiness, excitement, anger, or whatever else they are feeling.
You can teach the parents how to support journaling at home , too.
2. Cards & Letters
When you assign homework, your students don’t always see the greater purpose. But, writing cards and letters is real-life writing with a purpose. Whenever there’s a holiday, you can use this method to get them to write and have fun while doing it. Let them design and write cards for Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and all other holidays. This practice will also help your students learn the standard format for writing friendly letters.
3. Fill in the Story
It was a sunny day. The little tiger just woke up… He saw the _____________, and he said _____________. Together, they ____________________________. Then, they ________________________. They had lots of fun. They agreed to ________________________.
You’d be surprised to see how creative your students can get with few simple sentences. If you need inspiration, then you can get some worksheets with blank stories .
4. Drawing Words
How would you draw the Moon? How would you draw the word “precious”? Think of different words. They can signify items, but you should also let them play with abstract concepts, such as love or beauty.
This activity inspires writing because it helps the students understand the true meaning and importance of every word they use.
5. Birthday Messages
Whenever someone has a birthday, get the entire class to write a message. You can get a big piece of paper where everyone will have space to write. You can also turn this into an art project, so the students will have an authentic purpose for writing.
The sentences can start with, “I wish you…” Let everyone express their message and appreciation for the friend.
6. Cut Out My Name
This is a great way to teach cursive writing. Get some paper and fold each piece lengthwise. Each student should write their name in cursive on one half, with the fold being at the bottom. Cut around the upper side of the name.
When you unfold the paper, you’ll get a symmetrical figure. Each name gives a different figure. What does it look like? A bug ! Let them draw or paint on the clean side of the paper.
7. Chalkboard Writing
For this activity, you’ll need clipboards, chalkboard paint , a paint brush, tape, and chalks. Tape the clipboards on the sides, so you’ll get a nice frame for your board. Then, paint the middle with a coat of chalkboard paint. Let it dry, and apply a second coat. When that dries, you can remove the tape, and the chalkboard will be ready.
You can get all students to tape their own boards, and you’ll be the painter. When the tiny boards are ready, they can use them to write answers to your questions.
8. Write A Choose Your Own Adventure
Write a collaborative class story in the style of “Choose Your Own Adventure.” Start a story and bring that story to a fork in the road. Allow students to write the optional paths that the story can take. Once you have a couple of student-written options, continue the story in the same way. If you have older students, it’s fun to put them in small groups. Tell the groups they need to have at least three branches, and when everyone is done, trade stories and read each other’s adventures.
9. Vocabulary Challenge
Pick a new word for the students to learn. Think of something unusual. Explain the word. Tell them to use it in a sentence. Then, tell them to write a short story around that sentence. If you turn this into a team activity, it will be more fun.
10. Typing Challenge
The students love this one! Students have to learn how to type, right? This is a fun way to practice writing and typing! You can project a Google Doc and call up a student to write for one minute. The next student will add on to what the first student wrote for one minute. One after another, the students work together to write a (HILARIOUS) short story. They felt like real writers. Grab a free digital composition notebook to use with this strategy.
We, teachers, have to be fun. It’s a choice, but it’s the right one to make. With a bit of creativity and effort, we can make even the most challenging aspects of learning easy on them.
Julie Petersen is a tutor, a writer, and a blogger who features the latest career and educational trends in her articles. At the present time, she is running her essay writing blog AskPetersen.com and working on her first ebook dedicated to online learning. You may see Julie’s latest publications and contact her via LinkedIn .
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October 10, 2017 at 3:59 am
I agree, the kids now is not like me at their age at all 🙂 Thank you for sharing these great ideas!
December 14, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Very interesting activities, thank you!
August 6, 2021 at 8:47 pm
One activity I find works well is getting students to talk about an accomplishment they’re proud of. Helps build self-esteem & other students love hearing them too.
May 13, 2022 at 9:32 am
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September 20, 2022 at 12:33 am
Our teacher uses many of these activities which help out students in increasing their academic performance. As we are an online school we do these activities virtually and these activities help kids in refreshing their minds while taking online classes.
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