Gifts That Inspire Writing

Gifts That Inspire Writing

Holidays, birthdays, and other gift-giving occasions are a wonderful time to reflect on the types of investments we want to make as parents. I do see gifts for children as investments. Not only are they investments of money, but investments of our time and in our children. What do we want to encourage? What do we hold valuable? How do we want our children to spend their time? What types of experiences do we want to share with our children?

I have received a lot of requests from participants in the Playful Learning Spaces workshop, and from people who are planning on gifting their child the Family Writer’s Club workshop, to recommend some gift ideas that will inspire the young writers in their lives.

Because everyone’s a writer, it’s just a matter of helping them find and bring forth their voice and share it with the world…

Starting a Writer’s Notebook

Keeping a writer’s notebook is where it all begins… Talking to children about their favorite authors and how they capture ideas for writing is a wonderful way to inspire budding young writers. Did you know that almost all authors keep their own writer’s notebooks?  Writing does not need to be an overwhelming process, it can be fun, light, and all about capturing the magical moments in our lives.

If you are enrolled in the Family Writer’s Club and would like to put together a fun gift to complement the experience, I recommend starting with the materials below. In this workshop you will begin your writing journey by starting your own writer’s notebooks!

1. Post-it Arrow Flags –  Add a fun dimension to capturing memories and writing down thoughts.

2. Japanese Washi Masking Tape –  Fun tapes are a wonderful way to add mementos and for the decorating of your cover or pages.

3. Glassine Wax Paper Bags –  These are great for taping into your notebook to inspire writing about found treasures.

4. Jumbo Paper Clips –  Another great way to capture and save different memories.

5. Sticky Tab Markers –  These come in handy if you want to create different sections in your notebook.

6. Blank Recycled Notebooks – We love using these blank notebooks. They offer a clean slate, so that children can make them their own.

7. Photo Corners – Wonderful for adding and writing about family memories and special events.


Gifts That Inspire Writing

Create it and they will come… It’s almost like magic! If you would like to see your children writing for pleasure in their free time, then create an inviting space with engaging materials. Here are our tried and true favorites for creating a captivating writing center. What I love about these items is that they become household staples. We purchased many of the items on this list when the girls were young and we are still using and loving them!

8. Wall Organizer – This fabric magazine organizer is perfect for displaying a variety of interesting writing papers. We provide lots of interesting options in the workshop. You can also find a nice selection in the printables section of our book.

9. Acrylic Tote – I am a huge fan of creating caddies stocked with inviting supplies like pens, pencils, stamps, stickers, etc. They are easy to move from room to room and are great for taking your writing adventures outside.

10. Prismacolor Colored Pencils – Our all-time favorite colored pencils!

11. Highlighters – An inviting way to make writing fun.

12. Pencils – We are big fans of these triangular pencils, which help with encouraging proper pencil grip.

13. Alphabet Stickers – Fun no matter what age you are!

14. Sentiment Stamps – We love giving handmade cards for every occasion. Having these stamps handy has been very helpful throughout the years.

15. Paper Tray – Another wonderful way for organizing interesting writing papers.

16. Blank Books – The more of these you leave in your writing center, the more books you will see popping up around your house. Try it!

17. Watercolors – It is wonderful to combine art and writing and we love these watercolor paints. These are also perfect for combing with the post cards below.

18. Watercolor Postcards – Embrace the handwritten tradition of corresponding with loved ones with these lovely blank watercolor postcards.

Gifts That Inspire Writing

Now that you have the basics in place, make sure that you keep the inspiration flowing…

19. Books about Writing – We have put together a list of our favorite books for inspiring young authors, here.

20. Writer’s Club Family Workshop – Set some time aside as a family to learn about and develop the craft of writing. Connect and learn together as you explore fun writing prompts and learn about helpful techniques.

21. Play Story Cubes – A fun family game that helps get the story-telling going.

22. Q&A A Day For Kids – This journal offers a great way for children to easily capture their day-to-day thoughts and memories.

23. Letters to My Future Self – Writing letters to your past, future, or present day selves can be a powerful writing experience. This creative book makes the process fun and easy.

24. Play Haikubes – A fun game that teaches the art of Haiku. If you enjoy haiku, you should also checkout or great lesson, here.

25. Magnetic Poetry Kit – Another fun way to explore poetry and work on using interesting language in your writing.

26. Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing – This book is full of inspiring writing prompts for the whole family!


Try Our Workshop…

Family Writer's Club

We thought it would be fun to offer the Family Writer’s Club workshop the week between Christmas and the New Year! It seemed like a great opportunity to set aside some family time to explore writing together. Join us for an exciting exploration of what it means to live like a writer. Together we will start writers’ notebooks and share in lots of inspiring writing prompts.

Start: December 29, 2014

End: January 02, 2015

For more information or to register, click here.


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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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    1. Hi Marie – Thanks for the feedback. I have played a number of times and have not come across them. I will keep my eye out for them! I do think the game is still fun to play as a family, we can just remove any words that are not a good fit.

  1. This popped in my mailbox this morning, and after reading it I was inspired to clear off my desk top and organize it in a way that inspires more creative writing. Within a couple of hours I had returned home from the container store with several of the items listed! (and my desk looks pretty awesome and organized)

  2. The writing workshop that you link to in your post, do you have any previous user’s feedback on it? I was wanting more information on exactly what the class covers/teaches and who this can be useful for. Does the student need to know how to write a paragraph first? I have two struggling writers (maybe it is the teacher 😉 ) that I would like to try this for but want to make sure that it is what we will be able to use before purchasing it. Thanks for your help and thank you for this list!

    1. Hi Stacy – You can read a few reviews here (click on the review tab):

      This introductory workshop was designed to lighten up the writing process in order to make it fun. The goal is for participants to discover their voices and experience writing is an important form of self-expression and means for connection.

      What I love about writing is that you can enter at any level and improve. So you don’t need to know how to write a paragraph, but if you do, you can still find ways to make your writing better.

      Please feel free to email me at: hello@playfullearning if you have any other questions.

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