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Creative Writing Skills: Over 70 fun activities for children Paperback – Illustrated, September 6, 2019
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"This is perfect for working through alone or with help and some activities even ask friends and family to get involved, which I LOVED as it means it's inclusive and encourages communication and social skills too! So much fun!" Dash Fan book reviews
"Anyone interested in fostering a child's writing ability would do well to pick up this book." World Geekly News
"This is brilliant. My kids love it. They actually look forward to it. I've been trying to get them to do creative writing for so long and they weren't interested. This is a brilliant way of doing it. From a home schooling mum." Amazon reviewer
About the Author
She's passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her activity books (Creative Writing Skills and The Book Dragon Club), she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.
In her spare time, she's a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.
- Publisher : Outset Publishing Ltd; Illustrated edition (September 6, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1872889247
- ISBN-13 : 978-1872889245
- Reading age : 6 - 12 years
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.26 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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With the right balance of informational bites introduced and the layout of inviting graphics, each chapter is organized with a lesson, and activities to practice.
Creating characters from silly to serious, students are given synonym examples to expand vocabulary and description words while keeping the senses in mind. This same principle is applied throughout the activity book in different sections addressing anything from scenes to settings.
The activities also make use of the student’s senses, allowing places to draw in parts of their stories. Learning to “show” with words rather than “tell” what is happening builds on that principle using the senses. This, I thought, was a great way to lead a young writer into creating more vividly and varied using memory and recall.
There are plenty of pages for practice. Creating scenes, dialogue, poetry, emails, and comics. There is such a variety in bite-sized fun activities, by application, it allows a wide range in change and pace so there is no room to harbor any boredom.
Who wouldn’t want to write about a fluff under their bed?
From building your story: Beginning - Build up - Problem - Solution - Ending to creating more challenging stories with structure and style, the concept of the roller coaster is a fun way to let young writers learn to create arcs and low points in their stories. It also inspires to pay more attention to those details in books the children read or listen too, which will build an understanding and recognition of certain patterns. In turn, the things learned in the activities will become a writer’s tool to be applied.
Filled with many writing prompts and exercises it is a great activity book use at home for extra practice or in a homeschool setting along with other materials. There is always room to expand of course, but as it is, these activities are fantastic and the overall mesh of engaging chapter intros, graphics and prompts are very inviting.
To me, the author’s joy in creating this book and working with children shines through the pages. It is simply lovely and informative, a gentle introduction to creative writing I’d recommend.
It's a fun activity book that will push creative boundaries and help kids learn to create stories that are magical, fantastical, silly, spooky, and more.
I really liked how the book was split into different chapters that focus on the different sections of writing. I feel that makes it easier for kids to ease into writing.
I also like that the book, even though it's geared for younger kids, can benefit older kids and even adults as well. I know, if I had something like this as a kid, it would have been so beneficial to me (especially because I always had new ideas, but struggled to actually write them out; I still do as an adult, even though I do have one published novella to my name).
I would definitely recommend Creative Writing Skills to parents with creative kids, kids who love making up stories/writing stories, and anyone who may want to learn something new (even if they never go on to write a book).
5 stars from me! (less)
There are easy to understand explanations about crafting a story and the required elements.
Remember there must be a beginning, middle and end.
Using a questioning perspective, the author explains how characters are designed and named. She tells why it is important for the author to know more about each character than may go in to the story. What has shaped the way the character sees the world or responds to a situation?
Using games and a team experience of building a character, later a plot, etc. she takes away some of the anxiety in over thinking writing a story. Make it fun and soon it will be done!
This book may sound too simple for advanced readers and writers, but there is value here also for additional age groups.
Top reviews from other countries
It would make a great gift, being full of entertaining activities; building characters, ideas and skills; and helping to create story lines. Organised into eight sections, these include thoughtful themes, dynamite dialogue and story sparks, all of which should encourage and develop the enthusiasm of any young person. I think this book should be on every school's book list, and on every family's Christmas shopping list too.