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A Writing Nook for Children

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Writers need to write. Artists need to create. Musicians need to play. Create a wonderful writing “center” or “nook” for your young writer(s) to write. All you need are space and materials. Try to let your child’s inner writer emerge. Don’t comment too much or expect perfection. Let them write. Give them the tools they need for lists, cards, stories, poems, letters, and so forth.



*Pencils, pens, markers, erasers, hole punch, stapler

*Blank envelopes


*File folders

*Blank books

*Sticky notes


I’d love to show you a picture of our writing nook, but then I would have to tidy up – so, maybe not!

Here’s a suggestion- sit and write with your children. Nothing like providing a good example! Of course, what you do depends on the age of your child. Make it fun. Let them see how wonderful writing can be. Show how you love to write. Even if you don’t. Write your grocery list with passion!

By the way, since I love writing and am a teacher, you might consider a writing workshop for your children ages 7 – 12 at Imagination Soup in Centennial. Workshops topics include math stories, picture books, alphabet books and poetry walks. Visit my website for the schedule and more information.


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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson June 16, 2009

    My young writer definitely needs some of these things. Great tips, Melissa!

  • comment avatar Kagey June 17, 2009

    Any thoughts on keeping the “baby” out of the markers? Or do I just give up and invest in washable wall paint? 🙂

  • comment avatar Melissa Taylor June 17, 2009

    I feel your pain! Baby proofing is only easy with the first baby. After that, it’s tough. (And I have the best first aid tip for you – if your baby accidentally gets a Polly Pocket doll up her nose, because you were not supervising well, but that’s okay and now you’re over the guilt . . . all you do is cover her mouth with yours and blow. It will shoot out her nose after you blow several times.)

    Back to your question – Do you have any plastic boxes with snap on lids? What about putting large sheets of paper on the lower walls for “accidents”?

    Even washable markers aren’t very washable after they dry for hours. Good luck! Let me know what you try.

    🙂 Melissa

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