By second grade, children are on their way to becoming independent writers. Try these writing activities to get their ideas flowing!
Head outside and have a magical time searching for ingredients for a secret potion. Ask your child to look around at what is lying on the ground. Leaves, seeds, nuts, berries, and twigs will all make for a marvelous mixture! When they have collected their ingredients, they can write some instructions explaining how to make their potion while adding water and mixing everything together in a cauldron, or any old container you can find!
You could use the format below or your child could draw and design a magical container of their own!
Help your child to remember and reflect on all the fun times they have this summer by creating a Summer Timeline. Have your child collect souvenirs from their summer activities, such as tickets, wrist bands, leaflets, photos, maps, anything that reminds them of the different things they do. Challenge your child to collate and stick the souvenirs onto paper. Get them writing by asking them to add dates, descriptions, and memories next to each item. This could be an ongoing activity that children work on each time they have a new souvenir to add or a larger project at the end of a busy few weeks!
Children often don’t think about the adults around them having been young once! Find a willing adult and let your child take on the role of an interviewer. They can use the format below to start their planning and collect the key information for a family or friends’ biography.
Ask your child to think about some further questions they would like to ask and make sure they have written them down before the interview. Make sure there is plenty of space for them to write down the answers they are given. When they have the questions ready, organize a time and let the interview begin!
This format includes some initial questions your child could use:
When designing their own questions, encourage your child to think about the adult’s education, interests, travels, work, and friendships!
If the adult agrees, the interview could be recorded allowing more time for your child to write down the answers afterwards.
Everyone likes to receive mail! Get your child to practice their writing and punctuation by surprising someone with a letter, postcard, or email. Encourage them to include the date and greeting. They could share some information about what they have been doing recently and then ask the recipient some questions.
They could include a drawing with their letter and look at the journey it will make on a map. Hopefully, they will receive a reply! Decorating and personalizing notepaper and envelopes can make this activity even more fun.
Writing about people and places that are familiar is a good way to get children started with writing if they are struggling to come up with ideas. Ask your child to imagine they are a travel guide for their hometown. Encourage them to think of the top three places they would recommend other children should visit while staying in town. They should write down why they have chosen each place and describe what visitors should expect to see when they go there. They could even have a go at creating a map for visitors that shows the location of their top three attractions!
Space is a great topic to get a child's creativity flowing! Get your child to think about ideas for their own planet. You could share images and information about known planets to give them some ideas. If they could create a planet in space, what would it look like? Who would live there? Start by asking them to draw their planet, or even make a model using papier mache and a balloon, then ask them to write a description of their new world and the creatures that live there.
Why not grab some paper and pencils, and get outdoors?! A nature journal is a way for your child to develop their writing while making observations about the natural world. Children can complete their journal in any outdoor setting, including the park, woods, beach, backyard, garden, mountains, anywhere they can sit and look around! Here are some ideas for what they might include:
They could even stick in their journal leaves and petals that have fallen to the floor, smudges of berry juice, and leaf rubbings! Anything they have seen or been inspired by can go in their nature journal.
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