son a picture of a pet dog with a guilty
write about—what might have happened.
he will be in trouble? Did the cat do it and
frame the dog?
2. Fan Fiction
say your daughter loves to watch Little
House on the Prairie.;Ask;her;what;new
adventure Laura and her siblings might
the regular characters, but your daughter
may want to introduce a newcomer to
the prairie as well.
If necessary, suggest an adventure, such
contest in town, and Laura is determined
to win the blue ribbon. Stimulate your
Maybe your son wants to write his
own Little House adventure, such as this
one: Albert builds a fort, and Mary and
3. Classic Story
as The Wizard of Oz or even a TV show
such as Gilligan’s Island. Have a conver-
sation about adding a twist to the story
• What if Gilligan and the castaways
were actually rescued?
4. Mad Libs
Most parents are familiar with Mad Libs,
to do them during long car trips. The
learn the parts of speech as they have to
come up with verbs, nouns, adverbs, etc.
Why not go a step further and tell your
your next trip? Give them a little struc-
Once the simple story is written, they
lings to fill in. Your kids get practice
writing as well as learning the parts