Stuck for something to do with your child these holidays?
Below are 10 ideas to keep your child creatively entertained from our friends at the Sydney Story Factory, an amazing organisation that works with young marginalised young people in Redfern.
1. Go to a cafe or people watching place and help your child write reviews – of the food, the people, the conversations etc. The reviews can include drawings. menus, receipts etc. Kids can create their own mini magazine of reviews.
2. Make your own bookmarks by cutting up old cereal boxes into rectangles of the same size. Draw pictures of your child’s favourite characters on two of the strips and glue them together. Sandwich in tassles made from bits of wool to make them even more special.
3. Watch a favourite movie then talk about what the characters might get up to after it ends. Help your child write the script and get together siblings or friends to perform it for the family.
4. Encourage your child to become your street’s local historian. They can interview family members to find out about their lives; if you have friendly neighbours, they can interview them too. Encourage your child to write up their stories in an exercise book and present it to the interviewees as a Christmas or New Year gift.
5. Start writing kid’s fan fiction. Take your favourite characters and put them in a new place – eg. (How does Count Olaf deal with his new life running the school canteen).
6. Create a wacky writerly non de plume. Tell us all about the writer you have created. Bonus points: take on the personality of the non de plume and write a story, play or poem.
7. Go to the art gallery and pick an interesting painting. Talk with your friends or parents about the possible stories. Now, create a collaborative story, each participant writes a sentence and passes it on to the next person.
8. Give your children blank journals or notebooks and have them personalize the cover. Set aside fifteen minutes each day as journaling time and have them write about their day. Encourage them to collect tickets, trinkets, and other memorabilia from their summer outings and paste them in their journal.
9. Talk to your children about newspapers and magazines and show them examples. Ask older children to create their own family newspaper featuring stories, advertisements, family news, cartoons, and more.
10. Bring them into the Martian Embassy and Gift Shop, 176 Redfern Street, Redfern, to write a postcard to the Martians. The Martians will write back! Check out their amazing store www.martianembassy.com.au
This is a guest post by the fab guys at the Sydney Story Factory.
The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people. Trained volunteer tutors offer free help to write stories of all kinds. Programs target marginalised young people, and those from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, but are open to everyone.
Competition now closed winner announced soon.
Winner: Teena Lewis
Thanks to the Sydney Story Factory and the Martian Embassy and Gift Shop I have an Intergalactic Space Travel Kit to giveaway!
To enter get creative and give me a little poem about Mars, Martians or anything intergalactic. Most creative (as chosen by mwhaa wins). Competition closes 5 Jan 2015.