My young writer's group met at the library recently. After we had shared our work and talked about satirical writing, I planned a final project of kind bombing.
I showed the kids this video and asked them what they thought of it. They all thought it was awesome and I proposed that we did something similar right then.
We wrote good wishes and thoughts on paper and hid them in books in the children's department.
Simple, positive, and a great way to get kids to love writing.
They responded to this project enthusiastically, coming back to make more messages several times. Each kid decided what section to "bomb" which was fun. Chapter books, insect books and sports books were hit the hardest.
The secretive nature and sneaking around for good seemed to inspire them as they talked about what people would think when they opened a book and a sweet note fell out.
The idea of creating a little something and leaving it and your trace in the world is powerful for kids (and adults). What seems simple and almost like a prank, actually connects kids to the public sphere and gives them a sense of agency within it.
They can actively shape their environment.
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