Let them follow the path of their imagination. Who knows where it might lead…
Do you know a budding storyteller?
We believe in fuelling children’s imagination, whether that’s through inspirational interiors or by providing plenty of opportunity for creative expression - we like to think our homeware collections offer a bit of both!
With storytelling such a big part of what we do, we’ve put together a guide for enhancing your child’s creative writing skills at home.
Why creative writing?
Creative writing is a great way for kids to express themselves – and it powers the brain too. Studies show children who practice creative writing make good problem solvers and perform better in other subjects like maths and science. More importantly, it’s fun!
Nurture your child’s creative flair with these top tips for aspiring storytellers:
Read … and read some more
The best storytellers read – a lot! Ensure your mini-scribbler has plenty of material. And let them try a variety of genres to feed their growing imagination. Writers’ minds are like sponges, absorbing all the exciting and interesting ideas they encounter. The more your child reads, the better their writing will become.
Be a magpie
Writers are always borrowing from the world around them. Start your child’s storytelling collection by encouraging them to keep a notebook. Get them to jot down interesting observations. A silly word, a snippet of conversation, an unusual cloud or a quote from their favourite film – it’s all notebook-worthy. This is your child’s private treasury of words, thoughts and ideas. Who knows, that twisty tree on the way to school could be the inspiration for their first story.
Your child’s imagination is a bit like a muscle – it needs exercising. So encourage them to write as often as possible. Unsure where to start? Go back to the notebook. Find a photo or picture. Who are the people in the picture? How might they feel and what might they say? Your child could create an adventure for a favourite book character or write an alternative ending to a familiar story.
Start with character
Great story happens when characters come to life. Ask your child to create their own character. This could be a person or an imaginary creature. What will their character look like? Do they have any special powers? What is the problem they must overcome?
Next add a simple setting – perhaps your child’s favourite place or the location of a recent daytrip. How does the character behave in this new space and what does this tell us about their feelings? Before you know it, a story is emerging!
For a really proud moment, print their work and bind it like a real book. They could even design a book jacket complete with blurb to impress friends and family.
Written by Paula Thompson.