It is very important to me to give my kids a strong foundation in writing, but sometimes I feel like I have left out the fun! When I was approached to review Rip the Page by Karen Benke I was instantly intrigued. The cover alone indicates what looked to be a fun creative writing program for my grade 2 son.
Creative Writing Prompts for Kids: Breaking the Rules!
The first thing to note with Rip the Page is that it is out of the box. When I first started reading it to Caleb he was literally mouth hanging open in shock. It breaks all the rules, letting go of all expectations to give children an opportunity to just LOVE writing.
Not sure what I mean? Let me give you some examples.
- As the title suggests, you do indeed rip pages right out of the book.
- Challenges to write with no spaces, capitals, spelling, grammar, just write!
- Writing prompts to write any word that comes to mind, no restrictions! (as you can imagine, 7 year old boy humor involved words such as burp, belch, toot, and more).
- Nonsensical… “I dare you to not make sense”
These are just a few examples of how Rip the Page breaks the rules. Not every assignment is like this, in this book your child will learn about similes and metaphors, verbs, adjectives, nouns, poetry, personification with fun writing prompts and more! But in between these practical writing lessons are outrageous exercises to inspire wonder and creativity in your child. And every single lesson is engaging, fun, and made to open up a whole new world of writing.
What My 7 year old thinks of these fun writing prompts
Caleb has never enjoyed writing that much. It is something he does but he gets discouraged when I gently correct him on neatness, grammar, etc. And I have been at a bit of a loss of how to inspire his writing while still teaching him the necessary skills along the way.
Since starting with Rip the Page, Caleb jumps at the chance to do his writing each day. He went from feeling overwhelmed at the idea of writing just 4 sentences to writing 2 full pages. It has completely opened up his world and filled him with a love for seeing what he can create… because it has never been seen before!
I have been so incredibly impressed with this writing resource and would highly recommend it for children from about 7-12 years old. Whether you have a writing program or not, this is a must have for your bookshelf. It is brimming with fun, engaging, surprising, out of the box ideas to not only teach writing skills, but inspire a love for writing in the process! Check out this little snippet of why Caleb loves his Rip the Page.