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Playful Literacy Activities


Playful activities can support the development of learners' Metacognition and also inspire their narratives and writing. A creative task helps students brainstorm and develop their ideas prior to engaging deeply in the writing process, easing the demand on Working Memory.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch as these elementary school students use Legos as an aid in their narrative writing. Students use the Legos to brainstorm, try out different ideas, and add details to their writing. Their delight in play increases Motivation and positive Emotion towards writing.

  • Teachers can support student creativity through guided play. Teachers can provide hands-on materials, like Legos or modeling clay, that capture student Attention and increase Motivation. After creating a scene or story with the materials, students can use these physical objects as inspiration for their writing.
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    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how Minecraft, an online game, provides blocks that can be used to build anything, from a scene to a full story. Additionally, multiple players can collaborate to construct creative objects or stories, allowing learners to practice Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.

  • Products can incorporate playful activities that can be saved and referred to during the writing process. Including movable, playful elements invites learners to explore and modify ideas.
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