Monthly Archives: August 2014

Writing Campers Ink This!: A Sandy Scene


Hi Inksters!

Welcome to another day of Inktopia Kids Summer Camp! Today’s writing activity takes us back to a photograph we’ve seen before. Remember this photograph from Eva Ho?:


What an amazing image! This week, the Inksters at summer camp wrote in response to this photograph. Here are a few pieces they created. First, a haiku by Heidi, age 9:

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And another haiku by Rania, age 9:


And here’s a piece called “Beach House,” by Reina, age 9:

“The sand is inside the house. It looks like the beach is inside the house. It looks like I would love to live in this house. It looks like the clouds are near the sand on the floor in the house. It looks like the house is close to the beach. The only thing I usually don’t like about going to the beach is having the sun beam down on me all the time. If I lived in this beach house, I wouldn’t get sunburn!”


Berlicia, also age 9, wrote this description: “Sand rippling through itself, coming out the door and bracing itself from the house. It was flowing and flowing…”


And Logan, age 9, wrote this story:

“Once there was a war. Fires raged through towns.

Once a girl and her family hid. One girl. One mother. One father. Two brothers. Together.

Once wind blew the roof off. Sand shifted in through the open door.

And the girl and her family tried to stop the sand from burying them. Burying them from the world. And the sand kept cascading down.

Once there was a war. Houses burned to the ground last night.

When that was over, the girl and her family crept out. And joined the survivors.”

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Want to write your own piece in response to this photographic? Here is the original Ink This! writing prompt:

Ink This! Photograph by Eva Ho

We look forward to reading what you write about this sand-filled scene, too! And if you are inspired to take photographs, send those along as well. Just post it here as a comment to this post.

Happy Creating!


Writing Camp for Girls at Inktopia Kids


20140820_145414My Happy List, Logan, age 9

Hello Inksters!

This week, we started our SECOND ANNUAL Inktopia Kids Writing Camp for Girls! This year’s camp is Picture This!, a Photo-Journaling writing camp:

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine how many stories, poems, and dialogues we can create from photographs you take! Please join other girls — young writers who are entering grades 3-5 — for Picture This!, a fun and creative photo-journaling camp. Every day, you’ll take photographs and write in response to your photographs and other images in our gallery. You’ll participate in inspiring activities and learn tips to help you as you journal. At the end of the week, you’ll create a portfolio of images and words that capture how you see yourself in the world. And you’ll take home new habits to help you write where you are, whenever you like.

Because all of our Inktopia Kids readers can’t make it to New Jersey for a week of camp, we thought we’d share some of our prompts, activities, and creations with you here over the next few days. Use them to inspire your writing at home — whether you are a girl or a boy!

Our first camp activity: Make a Happy List.

Our Inkspiration Question: What makes you happy?

Every inkster wrote experiences, activities, people, or other things that make them happy on wide popsicle sticks (a very summer thing to have around!). Then they decorated the sticks with sharpies and stickers. Each inkster shared her happy list with the group. It gave everyone a way to get to know each other a bit before we started our week of writing together.

So go ahead and create your own Happy List — on popsicle sticks, as a list on a journal page, on a chalkboard at home.

And remember to share your happiness here at Inktopia Kids by posting your list as a comment.

Enjoy writing where you are!

You Make Me Laugh


search Robin Williams on Sesame Street

Hello Inksters!

This InkStart invites you to share your funny side. Take out those summer writing journals and put some laughter on those pages! Try writing:

  • A list of all things that make you laugh
  • About the funniest experience you’ve had this summer
  • About the funniest person you know
  • Your own joke

And remember, funny writing is at its funniest when you use it to make other people laugh. So remember to share your jokes and funny moments by commenting on this post!

(And while you’re at it, send us a list of other words — synonyms — we can use to replace all the times we used “funny” in this post!).

If you need some more inkspiration, check out the video above of comedian Robin Williams during his visit to Sesame Street. He’s been called one of the funniest comedians ever! Or, if you haven’t seen Aladdin in a while (or at all), check out that movie, too. Robin Williams is the voice of the Genie, and oh how brilliantly hilarious he is! Grown-up Inksters will LOVE watching, too.

Happy writing, Inksters!