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Growing up is learning how to overcome and seal in the victories, then becoming a supportive teacher of others.
In a love-nexus world growing up is the same thing as becoming more psychologically mature. It is becoming a good role model and being a place of calm for the young, one whom encourages and supports them as they grow. As such, it is a blessing, for this is when you begin to give back to your society. It is when you take those great and noble steps on your way to becoming a respected elder.
Growing up to become as good as you, to be my own person with my own passions, but as respected as you, that's what I want.
In growing up you become stronger in body and brain. You learn how to lift children up both in body and spirit, to keep them safe in all ways and not simply the obvious.
Getting bigger is one part of growing up, yet winning the me vs. me battle between showing love or emotional indifference - that is the greater part.
When you grow up to love and cherish as a way of living, you grow wings that lift you up to the highest heights.
Growing up is a thing you do all your life, for each stage of living presents its own challenges to overcome. As you do so, you become the anchor and safe elder for ever more of society, until one day you are the one who emotionally shelters all with only the spirit world holding you.
The girl is like a snapshot out of time. I can see her chestnut hair blowing in the spring breeze, her youthful face turned toward the sun. Though her feet are scarred she still dances, dances like the joy of life within her cannot be tamed. In that purple shirt and jeans she could be anyone, no-one. But to me she is the world itself and without her I cannot enjoy a simple flower or the rising sun. There is nothing I wouldn't do to keep her safe from harm, but I cannot protect her forever. I can only be there when she falls and stand well back while she reaches for the stars.
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Free Creative Writing Prompts #52: Childhood
Ah, childhood. These free creative writing prompts about your adolescence may be able to take you back into some of your happiest and saddest childhood memories. Often, there are extremely strong emotions associated with some of these memories, and I recommend taking a look at my Relaxation article to relax out any feelings that stay with you after your writing. These intense emotions only mean that there is a lot of precious writing metal to be mined from these thoughts and you may find that when you write them down they help to inspire similar thoughts in the minds of your audience members. Take these slowly and enjoy yourself. Free Creative Writing Prompts: Childhood
1. What is your most poignant childhood memory? The one that sticks out the most. Write out as much as you can remember and then fill in the details with elaborate description.
2. Who was the most important person to you during most of your childhood? Your Mom? Your Dad? Another relative? A friend? An imaginary person? Show some examples in which you see how much influence this person (or imaginary person) had on you while you were growing up.
3. It seems like when you are a kid growing up you can't wait to get there and when you are a grown up you wish you could be back. Imagine one day in which you are granted adulthood as a child, and one day in which you are granted childhood as an adult. How do you utilize these 24 hour periods?
4. We all have that friend we had in childhood who later moved into a different popularity scale in middle or high school. Who was that friend and what was it you two enjoyed so much together when you were little?
5. What did you and your family do for entertainment when you were little? Did you play board games together? Go to movies? Go into extreme detail of a family fun night of some kind.
6. What cartoon from your childhood is the most memorable for you? What made it stick in your head so strongly? Would you see a movie of it now if were made into a big blockbuster for the nostalgia purposes?
7. How did the following things affect you during your childhood: music, books, the weather, money, love. You can combine them all into one story or do separate entries on each.
8. What action makes you the most nostalgic for your childhood? Is it seeing old pictures or going through old clothes? Something else entirely. Write a story of you going through those nostalgic actions and having various memories of your childhood.
9. How do you recall getting along with your family during your childhood? With your parents, siblings, and other relatives? Go though a typical reunion or holiday with your entire family in attendance during your childhood. Have fun going into excruciating detail :).
10. It's your birthday! Pick a party that you had during your childhood or create an ideal birthday party for yourself at any young age and write a story about it. As an assigment in a poetry class, we once had to write a poem about our earliest childhood memory. This was an awesome assignment and interestingly enough it actually helped me realize some psychological things about myself. Not all of your memories will do such a thing, but it's worth nothing that looking backwards can help you to move forwards in both life and writing. If you are feeling brave, feel free to share some of your words in the space below. Happy writing! Bonus Prompt - You have been given the opportunity to go backwards. You can pick an age and start over again from that age. Do you pick one or not? What age would you go to? Describe your first week with your "old person" memories in your younger body.
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Creative Writing Prompts: Stories of Childhood
Have you ever considered how history might be seen through the eyes of children?
I’m currently part way through a writing residency at Samson House, a National Trust building in Fremantle. It is fabulous to have time where I have to focus on my writing rather than be sidetracked by the rest of my to-do list. I’ve been spending most of my time exploring Samson House—and other elements of the local history—through the perspectives of children.
Perhaps there are times in your own childhood that you now realise were historical moments. Maybe you are a young person right now, experiencing this period of COVID-19 with all it has brought us this year.
Or if you’re writing fiction, investigating and understanding your character’s childhood may help you gain an insight as to why they are who they are now.
Some of the following prompts have appeared on earlier blog posts, but I am re-purposing them so that we’re considering the perspectives of children and young people.
1. Map of a House
Draw a map of your childhood home—or a house that was significant to you. For example, I loved visiting my grandparents, so I might choose to draw their house instead of my own. It doesn’t have to be architect’s design drawing or an artist’s impression; a rough mud map will do—unless you love to draw; if that’s the case then go for it!
Now, ‘walk’ through the house. Pause in each room. What do you remember about what the room looked like? What memories does this room evoke for you?
You may decide to spend your whole time in one room. That’s totally fine. You can always revisit your map another time and repeat the exercise with another room.
2. Biography of an Object
What objects do you remember from childhood? Perhaps its a favourite doll, teddy bear or other toy. Maybe its a piece of sporting equipment. It could be something that belonged to a parent or was used in the kitchen every day. Or it may be something that was only used on special occasions.
Write the story of this object. What memories are associated with it? Can you find out anything about its history—where it came from or how it ended up in your family’s possession? Do you still have it?
3. Ordinary Days
Describe an ordinary day in your childhood:
- What time did you wake up?
- What did you eat for breakfast?
- What time did school start? How did you get there? What was the school timetable?
- What happened after school and in the evenings?
- What did you do in any free time you had?
4. Conversations with the Next Generation
Start a conversation with a child in your life. What are the differences in your childhoods and how have things changed? What similarities can you discover? A shared love of sport or music or art? A favourite teddy you each remember? That you both loved or hated school? What can you learn from each other?
5. Turning Points
According to the Macquarie Dictionary, a turning point is ‘a point at which a decisive change takes place; a critical point; a crisis’.
It is often these sorts of moments in our lives that impact the person we become; it is also these moments that resonate with, and engage, readers most.
Brainstorm some of the turning points that have occurred in your life. How did these moments affect or change you? To what extent did they play a role in other events in your life or the person you are today?
Select one turning point and tell the story of what happened.
6. Living Through History
What were some of the historical moments that occurred during your childhood?
Were you aware of them, or was it something that only had an impact on adults in your life? Or perhaps it was something that was happening ‘somewhere else’ and had little effect on your community.
7. Newspaper Headlines
Whether it was a personal event such as your birthday or your first day of school or your graduation, what was in the newspapers at the time? What else was happening in your local area, state or country?
If these things happened prior to 1954, this sort of information is now readily available for you, thanks to the National Library of Australia’s newspaper database, Trove . Search it by date, event or even the suburb or town you grew up in.
If the events have occurred more recently, you might still find it there; otherwise, your state library will have collections you can search through.
Over to You
Which of these prompts appeal to you, and which one will you attempt first? Will it be for your own life, that of an ancestor or a character in a fictional story you’re creating? You could even present your memories in some from of artwork other than writing.
Getting started is often the hardest part, so just choose one and begin.
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Like all children, when I was growing up all I ever wanted to do was to be big. I always kept a close eye on my role models (my parents) and always tried to do anything they did. The skills I learnt and the attitude I acquired from a young age would be of immense help to me in my later years. From the age of five, the memories I have are those of following my father around the yard watching wash the car and mow the lawn. My father would sometimes give me a small sponge so that i could help him wash the car and although the job I did was insignificant and most likely not done properly, i always got a sense of pride and satisfaction in my work. The mowing of the lawn wassomething I was not allowed to help or even be near for my own safety. In my teenage years my role around the house had changed. My father was no longer around and my mother had the pressure of providing for my younger sisters and myself. During school holidays I was responsible for looking after my sisters and keeping the amused at the same time, not an east task at all! Gone were the days of the little sponge washing the car. During this time I had also managed to get casual employment. Althoug the money I earnt was not significant but it was enough for me to pay for my hobbies and ease some pressure off my mother. Now asan adult I have a steady job and a tertiary education behind me. I have never seen myself as a victim nor did i accept sympathy from anyone because all the good and bad experiences of my younger years have helped me become a successful and determined person. TRhe support thati received and continue to receive from my family was also a major drive for me to want to succeed as well. I think that everyone's life is always full of good and bad experiences. The key is to appreciate the good and find a way of turning a negative situation into a positive. For example, when my father was no longer around it could have been seen to be a negative situation. However, learning to look after my sisters and earning a little pocket money was perhaps the best and most useful experiences I had whilst...
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52 Creative Writing Prompts for Kids to Let Their Imagination Fly
- November 9, 2022
Creative writing has many benefits for kids. They learn to appreciate how stories work, they hear the wonderful way sounds can match with rhymes, and their love of reading grows as they become writers. Some children may be so inspired that they dream of being authors when they grow up! Creative writing helps children develop :
- Imagination and creativity
- Communication and persuasion skills
Also, it’s just plain fun!
What exactly is creative writing? It’s writing where you can just let your imagination fly. Your child can make up a story, a poem, or a song to explore their feelings or to simply tell a good story.
Here are 52 of the best creative and fiction writing prompts for children. These creative writing prompts are one way to help your child dream up something new every time they pick up a pencil. Encourage your child to write the story they would want to read.
52 of the Best Fiction Writing Prompts for Kids
Your children can use these ideas as creative inspiration as they practice writing words and sentences. PreK and early elementary-aged children who haven’t learned to write yet might enjoy drawing pictures to tell their stories, or they could tell a story out loud to their family.
Creative Writing Prompts for PreK Children
1. Young readers can use these Rusty and Rosy printable coloring pages to create their own stories by filling in the blanks.
2. Use this sentence starter activity as a prompt for beginning writers to craft their own sentences.
3. Imagine it snowed overnight. How would you spend the next day having fun in the snow?
4. Write a poem about your family. What are some words to describe your loved ones?
5. You wake up with the ability to talk to animals. What do the birds outside your window have to say?
6. There’s a dolphin in your bathtub. How did it get there and how will you get it back home to the ocean?
7. You’re president for a day. What do you do?
8. You’re a veterinarian for a dragon who has a sore throat. How will you help them?
Creative Writing Prompts For Elementary-Aged Children
9. Suddenly you’re nocturnal and stay awake all night long. What happens late at night that’s different from daytime?
10. Write a superhero story where the villain wants to become good. How do they convince the superheroes to trust them?
11. It’s the first day of school for robots. What do you learn at robot school?
12. You get to make a new national holiday. What is it about and how do you celebrate?
13. You get $100 but you have to spend it by the end of the day. What do you do with it?
14. You are an inventor whose job is to create the best toys. What will you make?
15. Suddenly ducks don’t like you. They quack at you and chase you away at the park. How do you get them to like you again?
16. Oh, no! Suddenly ducks love you and won’t leave you alone! How do you get them to let you be?
17. You go back in time and meet your parents when they were your age. What do you tell them?
18. You’ve just won the world championship. What did you win it in? Describe the competition.
19. You’re the world’s greatest detective. Describe your favorite unusual case. Did you solve it or is it still a mystery?
20. Write a story about a superhero who loses their powers but still has to find a way to be a hero.
21. You trade places with your parents for a day. What would you do?
22. Rewrite the ending of your favorite book. Will it be happy or sad?
23. One morning, the world doesn’t have electricity any more. What are your days like now?
24. Space aliens land and it’s your lucky job to show them around. Where will you take them?
25. The chicken finally tells you why it crossed the road. What is the secret?
26. You’re the mayor. What will you do to make your community better?
27. Tonight you cook dinner for your family. What interesting food is on the menu that will surprise them?
28. You wake up stuck in the last movie you watched. What is it, and what do you do?
29. Write about the best magic trick you can imagine.
31. Write a letter to your favorite author telling them what you like about their books! Use this free printable template .
32. There’s a light switch in your home but nobody knows what it’s for. One day, you discover the secret. What does it light up?
33. You have a pet dinosaur. What’s your dinosaur’s name? What’s your day together like?
34. You can fly like a bird. What kind of fun would you have soaring in the clouds?
35. Describe yourself with rhyming words!
36. Your family takes a big road trip that goes wrong in the funniest way possible. What happens?
37. You discover an island no one has ever seen before. Describe what it’s like.
38. Rewrite the ending of your favorite movie the way you want it to be.
39. You show up to the first day of school and discover that your new teacher is a wizard or a witch. What will they teach in class?
40. You find a mysterious treasure map. How would you start your treasure hunt?
41. You’re a paleontologist and find a new type of dinosaur. What did it look like, and what did it do back in the past?
42. Your favorite superhero needs your help! What can you do to save the day?
43. You’re the world’s youngest astronaut and get to fly to the moon. Describe your space trip.
45. One night, you discover that garden gnomes come to life until the sun rises. What fun do they have all night long?
46. Practice writing letters with this printout . Imagine you’re living on a moon base. Write a letter to your cousin on Earth describing how things are going.
47. You get to go shopping at a magical grocery store with your family. What special treats would you buy?
48. You have a magic wand. What spells will you cast?
49. What does your shadow do when you’re not around?
50. You can have the powers of any animal in the world. What animal is it? What would your powers be?
51. Write a journal entry from the point of view of a time traveler who visits 100 years into the future. What surprises them in that different world?
52. You get to spend the night in a museum. What kind of museum? How will you have fun?
Creative writing is just one kind of writing exercise. You can also find a great list of journal prompts for kids , one for each week of the year, to help kids practice writing while learning to express their ideas and opinions.
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8 Types of Creative Writing Ideas To Help Your Child
Introduction: why creative writing is important to your child's development.
Writing is fundamental to a child's development. It is the first step in the process of learning how to read and write, which are key skills for success in school and life. A child's ability to write well reflects on their literacy skills and their mastery of grammar. Children who can't write well are at risk of falling behind in school, or not being able to keep up with their peers.
Creative writing specifically is an important part of the development process. It helps children to develop their creativity, and it also teaches them how to express themselves.
It's not just about having a good imagination, it's about being able to share that imagination with others. Creative writing exercises help stimulate the imagination and develop creativity. They are a great way to have fun, exercise one’s mind, and learn new words. Creative writing also helps kids learn how to express their thoughts in an interesting and fun way.
Creative writing is an important skill that schools teach children today. It teaches them how to express themselves creatively through words and helps them improve their vocabulary as well as their sentence structure skills.
The best way to improve your child’s creative writing skills is to have them practice. There are many ways parents can help their children improve the quality of their creative writing skills by providing them with ample opportunities for practice. In this article, we will share 8 types of creative writing prompts that can help build your child’s creative writing skills.
8 Types of Creative Writing Exercises for Kids
1. story starter prompts.
Story starters are a great way to help kids get creative and think of their own ideas. The prompts can be used to start their own stories or to collaborate with friends.
When children are given a story starter prompt, they can take the idea and create something entirely new. This is a great way for them to practice creativity and thinking outside the box. Creative writing is not only fun but it also helps kids grow intellectually as they learn how to use words in different ways. Try giving your kid a story starter prompt and see what they are able to come up with!
2. Character Development Prompts
Character development is a way to help kids develop their emotional intelligence, empathy skills, and decision-making abilities. It also helps them understand how to constructively interact with others.
The following are some character development prompts for kids:
-What is your favorite thing to do?
-What are you proud of?
-How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
-What would you like people to know about you?
-What do you want people to know about you?
3. Dialogue Prompts for kids
Dialogue prompts are a great way to help kids learn how to write. Dialogue prompts are a type of writing prompt that focuses on dialogue instead of description. Dialogue is an important part of storytelling and dialogue prompts provide children with the opportunity to practice their storytelling skills in a fun and engaging way!
4. Plot Twists and Turns Prompts
Plot twists and turns prompts are a great way to get kids thinking creatively. Plot twist prompts can be used in many ways. They can be used as writing prompts, discussions starters, or just for fun.
Some of the most common plot twists are when (1) the protagonist is revealed to have been killed off early on and was just imagining events from their point of view, (2) the protagonist is revealed to already be dead, and (3) someone who has been helping the protagonist gets killed by the antagonist.
5. Setting and Mood Development Prompts
Setting and mood development prompts are a great way to get kids thinking about their story. Prompts can be used to help kids brainstorm ideas for settings or elicit information about the characters. It also helps kids realize the connection between one setting and the character’s identity.
6. Voice and Tone Development Prompts
Voice and tone prompts are used in the classroom to help children develop their writing skills. They are a great way to get children thinking about how they want their story to sound and what kind of characters they want to use. The prompts can be used for any type of writing: stories, poems, or even essays. There are many different types of prompts that can be used in the classroom to help kids write more creatively. Try giving your child a tone to write in!
7. Symbolism and Imagery Development Prompts
Symbolism and Imagery Development prompts are a simple way to improve a child's writing skills. It is a tool that helps children learn how to use symbols and imagery in their writing.
A Symbolism and Imagery Development prompt is an activity that requires children to write about something they have seen or experienced in their lives and then interpret it symbolically. This prompts the child to think more deeply about what they have written, which can help them improve the quality of their work.
8. Character Motivation Development Prompts
Character Motivation Development prompts are used in a variety of ways. They can be used to help kids develop their writing skills and make them more creative. They can also be used by teachers to get their students to think about the motivation behind their characters' actions.
Here at Ivy Camps USA, we have launched our Writing Certificate Pathways program. The courses in this pathway will give your child the necessary writing skills they need to succeed in life. They will have options like fiction writing, non-fiction writing, and even comic book creation!
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