Playing with Words and Numbers in Early Education

Using Photos for Creative Writing

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  • #59763

    K-3 Member

    This is a great idea!

    I also get my children to decorate their writing book at the start of the year with a variety of photos of family/events/holidays and cartoons that they enjoy.

    If they are stuck for writing ideas I encourage them to take a look at the front and back cover for inspiration. Children write best about things they know well!


  • #59764

    K-3 Member

    I love this idea. I have had a parent helper collect pics from magazines – sometimes the ads are quite funny.

    These were glued on card and laminated to use as a writing prompt. They are fabulous – one of a man with a bandaid on his nose (insurance I think), and another favourite is a boy, wearing a t-shirt which has been pegged on the line (I think it was advertising sewing machines) – we just cut around the advertising parts 🙂


  • #59765

    K-3 Member

    Grade One:
    I use pictures of animals from a calendar. I display them all and then the students choose an animal to write a riddle about. For example one clue may be –I have small, beady eyes and a thick fluffy tail. My face looks like I am wearing a mask. Who am I? The writing paper is folded so that they can lift the flap and draw a picture of the animal they choose. They love this activity.They read aloud so that their fellow classmates can guess.


  • #59766

    K-3 Member

    Recently, I used this technique with my Title I third grade class. Using a wintery forest picture from a calendar, I had them pretend they were in this forest taking a walk.

    We talked about what we saw and brainstormed descriptive adjectives–snowy trees, white branches, etc. We did it for each of the 5 senses. They did this in pairs.

    You could do this as a shared writing lesson as well. For an activity later on, each child will have 5 sticky notes–one for each sense and their own picture for creating descriptive phrases.

    These steps make it easier to form into an interesting paragraph.


  • #59767

    K-3 Member

    My favorite photo was out of National Geographic. It was a photo of three pigs stranded on a board during a flood. I had the students write dialog between the pigs.


  • #59768

    K-3 Member

    Thanks so much for this idea – it’s great.

    You could even use ‘speech bubbles’ or ‘thinking bubbles’ to write about what the people are saying or thinking in the picture about the situation.

    Thanks for sharing…


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