Beat the “summer slide” with these writing activities for kids that feel more like play than learning!
As a homeschooling family, we usually do not take the entire summer off from school. We lose too much ground if we just let our brains go over the summer! Writing is an area that we are somewhat weak in, and I am planning to fit in some extra writing time this summer.
Here are some ideas for making summer writing a little more fun for kids, or at least a little more tolerable!
Make a Joke Book
We had a great time making joke books one afternoon! Simply fold over some paper and staple. The kids can design their covers. Then, scour the internet for funny kids’ jokes and write them in the books!
Here are some sites with good jokes for kids:
Make a Vacation Journal
If you’re travelling, buy a fun notebook for each child or have them decorate their own before your trip. Then, take a few minutes each day for everyone to write down their favorite memories in their journal. Everyone needs a few minutes of downtime on a trip, and at the end you’ll have a fun memoir of the journey. Plus, you’re sneaking in a little writing practice too! It might be fun for kids to take their own photos to add to their journals as well.
Create Your Own Comic Book
A comic book does not typically involve as much writing as sitting down and writing a story, but hey – it’s still writing! And kids who don’t like to write just might go for this idea. When I was getting close to the end of my pregnancy, the boys spent one whole afternoon and part of the next day creating comic books. My 5 year old did all kinds of writing just because he wanted to make something like his older brothers were doing! He asked me how to spell words, and worked very carefully on his comic book.
Lists of 10 Favorite Things
We have been using lists of 10 things for Gresham’s handwriting lately, and he loves it. These lists involve research skills and improve spelling as well. He has made lists of his 10 favorite dinosaurs (which involved looking up the correct spellings), 10 favorite reptiles, 10 favorite mammals (he loves animals!), and 10 favorite places to go.
- favorite colors (get creative – go beyond the basic colors and use turquoise, lavender, khaki, etc.)
- favorite foods
- favorite book titles
- favorite movies
- favorite parks
- most fun experiences
- pets you would like to own
Summer Writing Club
Writing is more fun when you have an audience. Why not get together with friends and create a summer writing club? You can meet once a week or every other week, and each child can present a story, poem, or report that they have created. It might be fun to write a play or short skit to act out.
Have the participants in your writing club give positive feedback after each “performance.” Practice ahead of time how to give feedback, and discuss some things to say – “You used good descriptive language,” etc.
More Writing Ideas
Eight Real-Life Writing Ideas for Kids – Writing ideas for kindergarten through 2nd or 3rd grade or so.
Encourage writing with a Family Postal System – this is so fun!