Creative writing for kids is integrated into almost all of the subjects that they learn. Not all children are born writers. For some, it is a major struggle. This struggle can be made easier with the help of a few useful tips.
1. Provide kids with writing material that they would want to use. The stationary market today has products that are purely targeted towards kids. From pencils that are based on the Cars theme to notebooks that represent Elsa and Anna on the cover and the pages, they have it all.
2. Create a distraction-free area for your child to write in your home.
3. Make it a family affair by choosing a word of the day and trying to incorporate it into a sentence or a story.
4. Encourage your child to write about core subjects such as science along with creative writing.
5. Technology can be of great use as there are websites that help you write and publish stories online.
6. Promote the written form of communication (this does not mean texting or instant chat) such as writing a letter or an email to a friend.
7. Encourage your children with small writing tasks such as the list of things that have to be packed for a trip or maybe just an everyday shopping list.
8. Be a good example for your child. The more you write, the more the child would want to write just by inspiration alone. So let them watch you and observe you write. It is very likely that the next time you sit down to write, your child would want to join you and even make an attempt to copy your style.
9. It is not difficult to find things for your child to write about, encourage them to write their own version of an episode for their favourite TV show or cartoon. Ask them to write a letter to their favourite author. They are more likely to write about a topic that they are interested in.
10. Celebrate their writing; even if this is done in a small way, it is a motivation for next time.
11. Lastly, make sure that there is time to write on a daily basis.
Institutions such as Mindchamps can help in providing services and programmes for kids right from preschool level. The aim of is to instil a lifelong love for reading and writing.