By contributing writer Colleen.
Descriptive writing can be a challenge for kids. The trick is to make the subject novel and interesting to even the most reluctant of young writers.
In this activity, kids will create a picture of a snowman from a unique perspective. Start by grabbing some construction paper. You’ll need blue, white, and some additional colors for embellishments. You’ll want water colors, crayons, colored pencils, or your favorite art supply. We used chalk pastels.
Create the Snowman
Have your child cut circles in three sizes out of the white paper and gently shade the edges to give them some depth. Then, have him stack the circles on top of one another, smallest to largest, and glue them to the blue paper. Finally, encourage your child add facial features, arms, and snowflakes.
The finished project will be a fun, new perspective on a snowman – looking down from above.
Write a Story
Now, pull out some writing paper and ask your child to brainstorm. Where is he that he is looking straight down on a snowman? Is he flying? Standing on a tall ladder? Stuck on top of a large pine tree?
How did he get there? What is he thinking? What is he going to do now?
Have him get all his thoughts on paper and then use that brainstorm paper to write a story. I like to help my reluctant writer organize his thoughts by pulling out all the different ideas and organizing them into paragraphs or groups.
Depending on your child’s age, have him write a paragraph or three – whatever is developmentally appropriate for your child.
For a fun treat, have him share his finished story with family or friends. Display it in your kitchen. Celebrating your child’s accomplishments is very important, especially if he is already a reluctant writer or struggles in some areas. Making tasks fun, novel, and celebratory is a great way to help your child overcome his reluctance to perform in subjects that are a challenge.
In what ways do you encourage reluctant writers?