9 Ways to Encourage Kids to Write (+ video activity)

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9 Ways to Encourage Kids to Write

We all want our children to enjoy and feel confident writing. Yet, none of us want the struggle that can sometimes come from “suggesting” to our children that they spend more time writing at home. The good news is that there are lots of ways to inspire our budding authors to put pen to paper more often—without having to ask!

1. Put Together a Writing Caddy – Leave it out for your children to discover.

2. Provide Engaging Journals – Get one for yourself too, and enjoy writing time together.

3. Play Haikubes – Another fun option for family game nights.

4. Create a Writing Center – Create it and they will come.

5. Play Story Cubes – One more creative family game addition.

6. Start a Writer’s Notebook – Provides everything you need to start your young writer off on the right note.

7. Leave Out Blank Books – You will be amazed at the stories you see popping up around the house.

8. Read Inspiring Picture Books – Always great to use as reference points and inspiration for writing projects.

9. Let Them Wonder…

For more inspiring video-based writing activities checkout, Starting a Writer’s Notebook I and II…

Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Anne said on August 27, 2013 #

    I just came across a fun book that my 1st grader LOVES— it is a book of storytelling prompt stickers and lined paper. We are using it once a week in place of our regular writing curriculum to mix things up, though my daughter would do it everyday if she had the choice! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FYNUJI/ref=s9_cxhsh_co_g21_ir01?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=left-2&pf_rd_r=1T6JFX7GXCPHHW2T5B6H&pf_rd_t=3201&pf_rd_p=1280661782&pf_rd_i=typ01

    • Mariah said on August 27, 2013 #

      Hi Anne – What a wonderful addition! Thank you for sharing :-)

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