A few months ago I wrote a post about the portable writing center I designed, and it was wildly popular. I realized that I'm not the only Mom or teacher who wants ideas on how to encourage writing. I started researching and looking into more ideas and wanted to share a few things I figured out from that.
Provide a variety of writing materials
Pink and Green Mama shared her portable center and it had many different pens, markers, crayons, pencils. I've found that the more things available to write with, the more they will write.
Try different sensory experiences. Try writing in paint, or my personal favorite shaving cream (it cleans the surface your writing on, I used this all the time while teaching). Dry erase boards also make a great place to practice.
Set up a permanent space
If you have the ability and wall space (this is great in a classroom, it was my most visited center).
Lessons Learnt Journal shared how she set up her area, along with where she got everything. I've found in my various experiments less is better, because it forces them to think it through more.
Or you could set up word walls and other important writing information.
Provide many different things to write on
If you look at my picture up above you see all sorts of different cards in there. Other great things to leave in there: note pads with funny pictures, those little pads of paper given away as freebies, old stationary, construction paper, scrapbooking paper you're not going to use.
Fun things to add: stickers, magazines, pre-made books, writing prompts, examples of correct writing form
Writing Ideas board-some more ideas of activities, things to do