Wondering how you can help your child bring more creativity into their stories? Personification is one way that your child can make their stories much more lively and creative! Story writing that utilizes multiple tools to enhance creativity is very effective. Understanding personification and how it can affect your readers is an important concept for new child writers to understand. Writing with personification is a tricky task, but we are here to help. Let’s get started!
Personification is used in stories and poems to describe objects or ideas as if they were a person. This could be describing an animal with the ability to talk or describing nature in moving a way a human would. Personification must be used to describe something that is non-human in a human-like way, which means that the characteristics you describe them as must be specific to humans.
You can use personification in any fictional writing, stories and poems alike. Personification is important because it can create a unique effect on the reader. Often, personification is useful because it’s unexpected, which makes your writing more vivid in your readers’ imagination. Using personification to describe something non-human in a human matter will grab the attention of your readers. Knowing how to use personification is an extremely important skill!
Now that your child has the basics down, here are some examples of personification to further their understanding of the concept! These examples will also be helpful when they write your next story and decide to use personification to make it even more alive:
The list of below activities will help your child begin practicing personification on their own because it can feel like a tricky task. Here are some ways they can practice personification:
Now that we’ve provided sufficient background knowledge on personification, we’ve prepared an activity for your child to try. This is a great first step in your child's own use of personification. Good luck!