Are you looking for an easy-going, summer-vacation kind of creative writing practice? Look no further than this simple use of a chalkboard (or whiteboard or notebook with blank pages or whatever you may have available).
Some of the most fun Maia and I have with our chalkboard involves activities where we take turns (like when we drew mazes for each other). In this easy activity I draw empty faces and thought bubbles for creative writing practice. Then Maia gets to fill them in.
It’s based on an idea I found in Jennifer Hallissy’s The Write Start (you can read my interview with her here). Jennifer’s version involves making your own dry erase thought bubble or speech bubble to use for writing practice. I took the lazy mama’s route and simply drew my thought bubbles on the chalkboard. I also added a the bare outline of the person who was doing the thinking.
Maia would fill in the face (and facial expression) for the person and write their thoughts. She had fun with it, so I kept making new ones for her with both thought bubbles and speech bubbles and single people and pairs.
DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS INSPIRED DIFFERENT RESULTS
This one says “I love my sister so, so much.”
This one is inspired by the conversations between parent and child in the picture book titled Are You Awake? I am curious to see what your children will fill in when you label your figures as “parent” and “child!”
My aim is to encourage her to keep up her creative writing over the summer in enjoyable and effortless ways. If you have any great ideas, please share!
MORE IDEAS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS WRITING THIS SUMMER
• For older kids: Start a notebook where you take turns writing notes to each other or adding to a silly story sentence by sentence.
• For younger kids: Practice letterforms on a sand tray or with shaving cream.
• Send postcards from your next trip, your hometown, or even to new friends all over the world with postcrossing.com.
• Find an old typewriter at a thrift store, set it up, and see what it inspires!
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