Kids are often uncomfortable writing. Even after all the writing they do in school – or maybe as a result – they often see little value or joy in the exercise. That's why writing games for kids are so important. Making writing fun and enjoyable will break down whatever barriers are keeping your child from being able to not only enjoy writing but to write well and with energy and excitement.
If you're a parent, you remember the wonderful joy with which you celebrated every first – first rolling over, first steps, first words. By the time they begin writing, they're four or five years old and while there are still many firsts to celebrate, there's nothing quite as transforming as first words. From the moment they're born, children are trying to communicate and they never stop. Even quiet children are communicative in their own way, using their body language to tell you how they feel or to get your attention.
I've often wondered how well our children would write if we spent as much time communicating with them in writing as we do verbally. Watch how much a young child will struggle to get his point across with the few words at his disposal, grabbing a mother's leg as a plea for understanding. He quickly realizes the important of being able to talk and to use the right words to meet his end objective. If we placed as much importance on their writing, would we see the same results? If just every now and then, children could not get their parents' attention without putting their request in writing, would we start to see faster, better writers who understand the importance of the skill?
Being able to write well is no less necessary to success now then it was before the advent of email, text messages, and social websites. We need to make sure our children succeed in all the major school subjects and when we make learning fun, it tends to go down better – like a spoonful of sugar with medicine, as the song goes.
So try a few silly games to get kids writing as much as possible. You can turn many games into writing games for kids. Take the old grapevine game where information is whispered person to person until it turns into something else by the time it hits the last child. Instead of whispering, have one child write out a full sentence on a piece of paper and pass it to the next player. Have the next child rewrite the same sentence on a new piece of paper but instruct them to change one word. Have the next child do the same. When the last child has finished their sentence, they should give it to the first player to read aloud. All children will be amazed at how the sentence has changed with only slight configurations at each step.