The idea behind creative writing is to get one to use words and express ideas in a more colorful, creative way. There should be no stress about grammar or spelling. That can come later. If those are expected to early all the joy of writing is snuffed out.
Today’s project is to help children (and adults) learn to focus on their senses in an engaging manner. We will create a rainbow shape using words and expressions to describe what each color of the rainbow represents to us.
At the top of each child’s page we write the five senses: touch, sight, smell, taste, hear. We also write the word ‘experiences.’ Then going down the page we write each of the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. The first assignment is to write everything down about that color using the five senses and at least one experience. For instance here is what I wrote for yellow: daffodils in spring, cornbread, sitting on grandma’s lap reading a book, baby formula, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, wheat stalks.
On a separate piece of paper lightly draw with pencil or a white crayon the outline of a rainbow, seven lines – one for each color. Copy what you wrote using a colored crayon or marker.
Here is what my daughter Truffle wrote in her rainbow above.
Red – cherries, letter A, comb of a chicken, Santa Claus, plate, running out of gas on the four wheeler, tomato sauce
Orange – Autumn leaves, basketball, checkered carpet, retainer, pumpkins, blinkers, Summer’s sunset, bottle
Yellow – stars, fly-swatter, dust pan, fireflies, jaundice, bees, honey, beautiful fish
Green – tractor, ruler, mug, letter X, stepping on a snake, jumping in silage
Blue – science, Hawaiian juice, flour bucket, my tears from getting left behind
Purple – snow, grapes, Huckleberry Finn, lilac trees, eyes
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