Evenings in our house are a time for creative family bonding. We go through phases of reading novels, playing board games and doing creative writing or drawing prompts. We don’t have a tv and so we need to be more creative with our time together.
Sometimes we will just read our own books in a shared space, but mostly we read a family novel aloud to each other, these have included a whole range of books including recent popular series such as Harry Potter and Septimus Heap as well as beloved classics such as Pippi Longstocking, The Borrowers and Treasure Island. In between finishing one novel and starting the next (there is a big debate about what each novel should be and we spend a lot of time and anguish getting votes for our book choice), we have been doing creative writing prompts.
Our creative writing prompts so far have come out of the book Rip the Page by Karen Benke. The ones that the kids enjoy the most are the wordplay experiments rather than the creative writing prompts. They like that the words are a game, a puzzle and a experiment that then turn into a poem or a funny story.
Try these creative word play poetry ideas:
- Write a dada poem: Take a dictionary and choose words at random and then write them down or else cut words out of a newspaper and put them in a hat and choose them at random.
- Write an acrostic poem: Write a word down the page with one letter on each line and then use the letters to begin a sentence describing your word.
- Write a Haiku poem: Choose a topic, write three sentences about your topic – the first line has 5 syllables, the second 7 and the last 5 again.
- Write a Limerick: A limericks is a jokey poem with five lines, lines 1, 2, and 5 have to rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 rhyme.
- Write a Cinquain poem: Line 1 — one word subject, line 2 — two adjectives describing the subject, line 3 — three action verbs (or phrase) that relate to the subject, line 4 — four feelings (or a four word sentence) that relate to the subject, line 5 — one word synonym of the subject.
- Make a rustic veggie pizza (pictured above) for dinner with Panna cotta for desert
- Irish soda bread and Blueberry smoothie for breakfast
- Chorizo and tomato salad for a supper
- Spanish rice with eggs and/or Beet and berry smoothie (pictured above) for after school
- Quinoa cakes (pictured above) with Tofu salad for dinner
- Chocolate chip cookies or Granola bars for school lunch boxes