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Creative Writing Skills: Over 70 fun activities for children
Discover the secrets to becoming an amazing author
Packed with top tips, this awesome workbook has everything you need to know about creating colourful characters, perfect plots, dynamite dialogue, and lots more …
What a plethora of great ideas this book contains to help encourage children to develop their writing skills. It isn’t a book to work your way through, rather one to dip in and out of. It covers all the key aspects to help them be authors, giving fun activities to help children develop their characters, setting, planning, descriptions, dialogue and so much more. There are tips galore and lots of ideas to spark stories.
The book is targeted at children in Key Stage Two – i.e. seven to eleven years old, though it could very well appeal to much older budding authors, too. Most activities are for individuals but a few need to be completed with others. The activities are presented in the form of a worksheet and the illustrations definitely add to the appeal of the book to children. The instructions are clear, using a variety of fonts and layouts to add both diversity and interest to their presentation. My only negative is that I really dislike the use of sentences written totally in upper case as this can make it difficult for less confident readers to read independently, but they do highlight key information so I can understand why this formatting might have been used. There is plenty of space provided for children to complete the activities, too and most of these spaces have illustrations, shout-outs or other design features to add to their appeal. I’d suggest doing the activities in pencil so they can be rubbed out and done again and again over the years as the child gets older and, hopefully, wiser!
This is a fantastic resource for teachers, too as the ideas could easily adapt to use with an individual, group or class – definitely well worth checking out! I’d certainly have no hesitation in highly recommending it to parents who are looking for fun ways to help support their child’s development of creative writing skills.
I was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after looking through it and being so impressed by it!
Author Bio –
Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. As well as the Creative Writing Skills workbook, the first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award. The sequel, Wild Sky, will be published in November.
When not writing, she’s usually covered in straw or glitter, and frequently both.
She also runs a free club for kids designed to encourage a love of reading and writing which you can check out here https://lexirees.co.uk/kidsclub/
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Choice of paperback or pdf for UK winners and pdf for international winners.