Fortunately, the girl loves to write; this may ultimately prove her gift. She can journal all day long, providing she has some inspiration. Thus, my remedy for her unsubstantiated allegations of boredom? Eighty-five writing prompts, one for each day of our summer. Each prompt is typed, printed on pink cardstock, individually cut and folded, and placed into a glass apothecary jar which sits on her bedroom desk. So pretty, so inspirational, so curative of complaining.
Just in case your child is also stricken with "There's nothing to do!" I am sharing our writing topics here. I devised them specifically for my curious seven-year-old girl and her interests, but most would apply to any elementary-aged child. Some prompts are silly; some are serious; some require introspection; others require imagination. I hope you find some or all of them useful!
Happy Summer Parenting!
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