Creative Writing Ideas
Kids Activities, Prompts And Tips

Creative writing ideas and activities are just the antidote you need if you're faced with a reluctant writer.

In this video, you'll see I share some of my homeschooling secrets and show you some ideas I used to tempt my son to write.

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You'll also see that I urge you to try not to panic!  Writing does come in the end.

You can find the right activities and prompts to tempt your kids to succeed where school often fails.

You can help by using homeschool creative writing activities and prompts to get your child wanting to write.

Once they've got there, everything else will follow.

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Kids creative writing ideas and activities

Creative Writing Ideas For Kids

One of the best creative writing ideas I've found is to encourage your kids to start writing stories.

Once you've planted the seed and writing becomes something your kids want to do all the other English skills will follow.

Here are some of the creative writing prompts free homeschool story worksheets that we've made specially for you:

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You'll see lots of story ideas for all ages. Invent your own Animal Ark story, meet an alien and tell us How To Keep Dinosaurs!

If you want some help with a long distance course which helps encourage creative writing and leads towards an IGCSE English Language and Literature exam, have a look at this homeschool writing curriculum which comes well recommended by homeschool parents.

Creative Writing Tips

  • Keep creative writing activities short.
  • Don't fuss over spelling and grammar; the most important thing is that your kids feel pleased with what they've done. Leave perfection for another day; the best way for you to help with English is to realize there's plenty of time to learn once they've decided they want to.
  • Find more homeschool creative writing tips here, and you'll see one of my best tips is to follow the 'little and often' approach.
  • With boys particularly, organized facts and lists seem to go down well.
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  • You'll find lots of free resources, ideas and suggestions to help with handwriting for kids put together from my homeschooling exam forum and suggestions from my facebook fans.

TOP TEN Creative Writing Ideas

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my life in a box
  • Try some exciting creative writing activities. We show you some ideas to spark your child's imagination, starting with My Life In A Box.
  • See what your kids choose: poems, songs, their worst summer holiday - whatever they think of, you should find the perfect prompts for all sorts of creative writing!
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  • Invent a letter code and send it to your kids friends. This is still popular with our children William and Catherine in our homeschool.
  • Tips: You can even use it as a way to help teaching homeschool math by adding in a number code too!
  • Nikki shows you how this works in her homeschool; as soon as I saw her idea I knew it was one of those creative writing ideas guaranteed to make writing fun!
Encouraging homeschool writing: letter codes

"My two younger children have started their own secret mission club. They have missions they need to complete, codes to only show one another and no one else can see them on this mission.
To surprise them I have set up a 10 step mission. I've hid all the clues really good. Hoping it would take quite some time. I'll post the first step on here.
At the end there is a candy bar for each. But they need to share!

~ Nikki

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  • Journaling. Keep a homeschool book where you write all your thoughts and feelings - great for getting creative with English activities!
  • Catherine's is marked: 'Top Seacret' - I'm not allowed to see it so I can't correct the spelling!
  • You can use creative writing prompts for tips to help with ideas; what if your child pretends they're a cat for the day?
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  • Lapbooks. A great way to encourage creative writing ideas for kids up to High School if you pick the right topic.
  • Two which might inspire are our homeschool dinosaur lapbook and life in the Rainforest. 
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  • Notebooking Pages has photographs, instructions and free templates for all your lapbooking activities. It also has lots of other templates for notebooks, covering great homeschool topics for creative writing ideas like:
  • US Presidents
  • Famous artists, poets and composers
  • World Explorers

(If you click on my link to their site it won't cost you any more but I will get a small commission if you decide to buy anything. I only recommend products I have purchased or would purchase myself and would benefit you. To learn more please see my legal page.)

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  • Lists of Facts. This is a winner with my son William; anything from specifications of planets to the homeschool parts list he needed when he was learning how to build a robot.
  • It can get very creative if you include fantasy planets!
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  • Get your child to write a story in speech bubbles. It is no co-incidence that cartoon books like Asterix are so popular!
  • Tips: Very useful to help encourage English activities because you only need write short sentences at a time.
Creative writing ideas for kids
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  • Younger children can make their own set of TOP TRUMPS and teach themselves math and writing at the same time!
  • You can see how in our page on homeschool Math Activities. All you need do is pick a topic like Birds or Fish, choose your TOP TEN favorites and then rank them out of ten.
  •  Tips: Choosing categories as prompts like killer rating and TOP TEN DISASTERS always seem to go down well with kids!
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  • Daily Diary.
  • Tips: This can sometimes become a little boring if it only consists of facts, as you'll see if you look at Catherine's diary entry in our homeschool scheduling, so see how it goes.
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  • Favorite recipes.
  • This may not seem very creative, but actually it helps a lot with English spelling and vocabulary, and if you have a kid who loves to cook, as William does, it's a great way to build on an interest in food.
  • Storybird.
  • Try out this great site where your child can choose their own pictures to illustrate a story and put together a beautiful book.  
  • Great way to encourage your child to put pen to paper!
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Kids Writing Blog

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A good motivation to help with English is if your kids writing will be read by their friends!

Tips: We had a lot of success with a homeschool book review kids blog; it doesn't matter how short the review - it's exciting to see it up on the web!

One of the very good writing prompts would be if your kids would like to keep their own blog or contribute to a website.

Why not ask them to write for this one by telling me about their favorite crafts for kids? You can see Sandy's page on how to make friendship bracelets and have a look at Heather's lovely pictures of butterflies.

Free Audio Books

It certainly helps to get the creative juices flowing when you're inspired by other people's books!

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You can download free full length audio books to listen to.

Make A Paper Bag Book

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My friend Lisa Vaught came up with a brilliant suggestion about making a paper bag book.  You can see all the instructions here.

It's a really original, nice project and even includes a puppet theater!

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Help With English

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Final Tips: Teaching writing can be a test of patience!

Take a deep breath and try not to push; writing will come in time. That's a rule I found very hard to follow, as you'll see if you look at my page on difficulties with homeschooling.

If you're still struggling, I have lots more activities and prompts which will help your kids with creative writing ideas.

You can also have a look here at www.creativewriting-prompts.com. Debbie has a great site for high school up with lots of useful prompts, tips and ideas to help with essay writing, journaling and even thank you letters. 

Creative writing ideas are the best way to help kids get inspired with English.

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