Writing doesn’t have to be “all work and no play.” By adding a dose of fun to your child’s writing time, you can actually turn an assignment into an eagerly anticipated experience!
Create a Costume Closet
Some children are delighted with the idea of theatre and acting. They might enjoy their writing time a bit more if they can dress up as their main character.
If your child likes this idea, assemble a Costume Closet or other place such as a suitcase or laundry basket.
Costume Accessory Ideas
- Shirt and dresses
- Suit jackets, vests, and trench coats
- Funny shoes
- Neckties and bowties
- Shawls, scarves, and feather boas
- Costume jewelry and eyeglass frames
- Hats and wigs
- Animal costumes or headbands
- Bits and pieces from old costumes such as a cowboy hat and holster, nurse’s cap and toy stethoscope, or eye patch
To find items to add to your Costume Closet, you and your child can visit some yard sales together, take a trip to a thrift store, or raid Grandma’s closet.
When your child is ready to work on his story, encourage him to choose several accessories and dress up like his character while he writes. Your costume closet might also help inspire him to create new characters. Then sit back and watch as writing time becomes an adventure!
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“Costume Closet” is just one of the many fun and creative activities WriteShop Junior will use to add spark to writing at the elementary level. This game appears in WriteShop Junior Book D, which is scheduled for release in Spring 2011.