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By Debbie Glade
We all know that motivating children to read over the summer is essential. But have you considered encouraging your child to write? Developing good writing skills takes practice, and summer can be a great time for a child to be creative, when she doesn’t have heavy loads of schoolwork bogging her down. Here are some ideas to inspire your kid to write more over the summer.
Invest in Supplies
Pen a Book
Find a Pen Pal
Writing and receiving old-fashioned letters is a lost pastime for kids in this digital age, but corresponding with someone on another area of the globe gives kids a unique taste of culture they can’t get from social studies class. Check out International Pen Friends or Amazing Kids to set your child up with a pen pal.
Play the “Story Game”
Ask for Research
Review a Book
Write to the Editor
Enter a Contest
There are hundreds of online writing contests for kids with an opportunity to win fun prizes. For starters, check out Smart Poodle Publishing’s writing contests for kids.
Still need more ideas? Check out our activities to build a better writer. Happy writing!