Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I’ll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you’ll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you’ll enjoy re-reading it months–and years–down the road.
Do your kids help you in the kitchen? Here are my kids’ favorite recipes as told to their Kindergarten teacher:
This is my mom and grandma’s recipe. Put a lot of dough into a pan. Flatten it by rolling it with your fingers. Put the dough into the pan. Add 1 can of pumpkin mix. Add 3 sprinkles of sugar. Maybe you could put some brown sugar on it too. Cook the pie for 1 minute at 1 degree. White milk is good to drink with this recipe.
Buy one pumpkin at the store. Cook it in a big pot for one hour. Then take the seeds out. Put a little sugar with the pumpkin and4 spoons of cinnamon. Mix it together in a bowl until the time goes off. Pour the pumpkin stuff into a crust and bake it in the oven for a catrillion minutes. I like to drink milk with my pie.
Buy a lot of potatoes if you plan for your friends to come over. Take 12 potatoes out of the bag. Wash them in cold water. Slice the potatoes. Get all your other food ready. Then take a gray fork and mash the potatoes. If a potato falls on the floor, wash a new one. When they are mashed, add butter. I like to eat turkey with these potatoes.
Journal Entry: Ask your child to describe a meal. What ingredients are needed for each dish? How are the dishes prepared? Write each recipe exactly as your child dictates it.
Do YOU have a writing prompt to share with Literary Mama readers? Send your 150- to 300-word narrative and associated writing prompt to lmblogeditor (at) literarymama (dot) com. We’d love to read your ideas!