three writing games for you, and your kids

There is no end to making writing practice fun. Fun fun fun!

You don’t like writing? I don’t believe you. Might be a mild bias.

Okay, so we’re actually different people. And you really wouldn’t spend an afternoon putting pen to paper or tapping on this machine, but….you wanna make it fun teaching your kids to write? Here are three games for you to enjoy…None of them my idea; rather, pilfered from a fantastic writing guide titled, What If?

1. In two or three sentences, write down three startlingly or amusing things that you did or happened to you. Two should be truths, one should be a lie. You know your kiddos will like this one. And can’t you just see your kiddos playing with their friends?

2. Dictionary discovery…Find a word in the dictionary that no one in the group knows the meaning. The person checking the dictionary tells the group the meaning. The dictionary definer reads each of the contributions. The players decide which definition they vote as the authentic definition. You get a point for each player who thinks your definition is correct.

3. Fictionary…choose a sentence with four to ten words from a book. Call out the first letter for each word in the sentence. Choose the first letters of each word to write a new sentence.

When you sit down to have a little fun with the littles, they will invariably enjoy the process of writing. Now can’t you just see your girls and their friends enjoying these on their Saturday night sleepovers? Enjoy!

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