Are there certain books your children love to read or have read to them over and over and over again? Do you know why? Usually it is because the text of the book is either repetative, rhymes, or has a singsong quality to it. You can use this to your advantage in teaching creative writing to your children. Older ones can mimic the text, using their own words, to write a new book for a younger sibling. Younger children can get involved by suggesting items they want in the book. They can both collaborate together in illustrating it.
For our example we will take a book written by Bill Martin, Jr. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to imitate. In this book animals are asked what they see, and the next animal in the sequence is named “doing” something.
To make your own book create your own list of things that “saw” something. Then write sentences to make it all rhyme. Illustrate the book by drawing and coloring, creating collages Eric Carle style, or use scrapbook paper. Here is an example written and put together by my mother-in-law for her grandchildren. She made one original book, then took the pages to the copy store, and assembled them all together to create a book for each family to enjoy. This would make a wonderful gift!
Just remember the most important rule when writing with your children…
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