Palindromes are a fun and silly way to practice a whole host of writing skills. Challenge your child to come up with as many palindromes as she can in this crazy writing activity!
What You Need:
- Pen or pencil
What You Do:
- Start by explaining what palindromes are. They're not as scary as they sound—a palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or sentence that can be read in either direction and says the same thing both ways. Punctuation is allowed and it does not have to be the same in either direction.
- Next, have your child brainstorm some words that are palindromes: “wow,” “huh,” “madam,” “mom,” and “dad” are great examples. Have her write down the words she thinks of on her paper.
- After she has come up with some palindrome words, see if she can put those words (along with some non-palindrome words) together to make palindrome phrases or sentences.
- Then, let her read aloud her completed palindromes, or draw pictures to accompany them, to practice skills in art and public speaking.
- When she's done, your child can also try to find palindromes while out in town. For example, in Yreka, California there is a place called “Yreka Bakery”!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.