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Powers of description


Powers of description

What to do with this activity?

Help your child improve their powers of description and get more creative in writing. Ask them to describe something - it could be a place they have been, a still picture or film, an event that happened, or something imagined. Prompt them to think along these lines:

1) What did they see - describe the colours, how light or dark was it, what sort of space were they in, what objects or people or animals could they see?   

2) What could they hear - were there loud or soft noises, was there music, was someone talking?

3) Were there any smells, good or bad?

4) If there was food involved, what did it taste like?

5) If they were touching something, what was the texture?

6) What emotions were they feeling?

Let them describe it by talking first, then writing things down. If it is an imaginary scene, tell them to let loose and see where the description takes them. Praise them for effort. Writing becomes easier with time and practice. 


  • Why am I doing this?

    Learning to write should be fun. It’s important that children know that writing is a fun and useful. By fitting it into everyday activities, like drawing, writing notes and birthday cards children will get used to holding a pencil and learning to write properly.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to write and draw  - on outdoor walls with chalk or in the sand at the beach. Give them picture mazes or puzzles to fill out – join the dot puzzles are great for their hand eye coordination.

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