Getting kids excited to write is easy if you give them something fun to write about.
The video game industry is big nowadays, and many websites and magazines are dedicated to covering games. Showing your kids some fun, informative articles about video games can be a great way to get them excited about writing. Many sites even let readers create and submit their very own game-related writing. So, where do you start?
If your child loves Nintendo games, the website Nintendo Life has lots of great reviews on the company’s best games. Check out the sections on the Wii U & 3DS to get started (and parents can catch up on the classics in the “Virtual Console” section).
Next, have your child write up a review of a game. Say your child loves New Super Mario Bros. U. Sites like Common Sense Media and Metacritic let readers submit their own user-reviews, giving them a chance to see their writing published online.
The excellent game-making tool, Scratch, also has a user-created online game magazine called Scratch Gamer Magazine, which just relaunched and is looking for volunteer writers. If you haven’t checked out Scratch already, we highly recommend it. It is a great tool for teaching kids the basics of code design, with simple tools to help them create their very own games.
With the right tools and websites, parents with kids interested in video games can give them the motivation and means needed to make writing fun.