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2. Ghost Messaging: Dip a cotton swab into a small container of lemon juice. Use swab to write a message on a sheet of construction paper. When you're finished, set paper in direct sunlight and wait for message to ghostly appear. It's creepy and fun!
3. Hometown Reporter: Read through a newspaper together to get an idea of kinds of stories journalists write about, and how they word headlines. Encourage your child to write his own articles: investigative, human interest, community events, celebrity profile, etc. "Publish" article in a word processing program and send copies to friends and family. If article is of mass interest, send it to local newspaper!
4. Sidewalk Chalk: Give your little ones power to express themselves and have a ton of fun at same time. Use sidewalk chalk to write poems, jokes and short stories on driveway.
5. Letter Puzzles: This project is fun for writer and reader! First, write a letter to someone on a sheet of paper. When you're finished, use a pair of scissors to cut note into interlocking puzzle pieces. Place pieces into an envelope and mail or hand-deliver it. The recipient must assemble puzzle in order to read letter!
6. Dear Editor: Encourage your children to voice their thoughts and opinions publicly by writing letters to editors of children's magazines, local newspapers and even radio stations! Keep a scrapbook of all published clips, or frame them as a constant reminder of their writing accomplishments.
Deborah Shelton is the author of The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones. Visit The Five Minute Parent for fun rainy-day activities, family links, and a free email newsletter filled with craft ideas, guest articles, contests and so much more! http://www.fiveminuteparent.com