Write a 1-Minute Play

Recently the St Croix Falls Festival Theatre hosted a writing contest for grown-ups. They asked people to write a play that 1 minute long, and they read the best ones aloud on YouTube. So I wondered: What would a 1-minute play festival for kids look like? So...

Make Your Own Synonyms with Jason Reynolds

It can be fun to play with words! In this video, author Jason Reynolds challenges us to invent new words that mean something similar to words we already know. He turns “jump” into “updown”. I might turn “dandelion” into...

Writing a Poem, and an Announcement!

This week we’ll explore writing poetry. Erm, excuse me. “Poetry” is such a broad topic. This week we’ll explore rhyming, and poetry topics — what do you want to write a poem about? Take a blank piece of paper, and make a list. Write down...

Make Your Own Comic Strip

Do you prefer pictures over words? Maybe you would prefer to write a comic strip! Here are several ways you can experiment with cartooning. Jarrett Lerner has some wonderful comic strip-drawing activities. You will have to scroll down to find half-drawn comics for you...

Fairytale Storycatcher

Here’s a fun storytelling activity! Have you ever folded and used a paper “fortune teller”? Here’s one you can use to tell a story instead! Print out the Fairytale Storyteller, cut it out, and fold it according to the directions. Then, choose...

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