Whether covered in bed sheets or white mists, ghosts don’t seem to do much but stalk the living and hang out in graveyards. Let your creative kid write the full life -- and post-life -- of an imaginary ghost. Her ghost might not be real, but at least he’ll have a back-story.
What You Need:
- Glow-in-the-dark paint
- Paint brush
What You Do:
- Talk about ghosts with your kid. Sure, she knows what ghosts are, but has she ever thought about what sort of adventures and thrills the spooky specters must have experienced?
- Challenge her to create her own imaginary ghost. Have her write the ghost's name on her paper.
- Help your child brainstorm sections, or chapters, for her ghost's biography. She could cover her biographical subject's birth, family life, education, profession, death (something of a requirement for a ghost's biography), and after-life.
- Let her get busy writing. But be available for your child to bounce ideas back and forth.
- Encourage her to include a "Where Are They Now?" type of chapter -- given that ghosts, according to legend, don't really go away.
- Have her use the glow-in-the-dark paint to dab on ghostly illustrations around her biography.
- Turn off the lights and let your child's story shine. Maybe [insert ghost's name] is in the room with you right now!