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Window Inkspiration


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Hello Inksters!

Take a moment and look out your window. Really! Look out the window at the world just beyond your door. What do you see? I see snow falling on an already snow-covered ground. Winter fun! Use whatever you see outside as inkspiration. Here are some ideas:



Christmas Inkspiration

  • Write a letter to Santa alerting him to the weather in your area. He may appreciate your extra help as he makes final plans for his trip!

Kwanzaa Inkspiration

  • Kuumba, the KiSwahili word for creativity, is one of the Seven principles of Kwanzaa. Use this inkspiration to practice and reflect on Kuumba — today, during Kwanzaa, and every day!

Anytime Inkspiration

  • Use what you see through your window as a setting for a story.
  • Use the scene to remember. When, for example, was the last time you played in the snow? Write about it!
  • Notice something happening? Write the next step in the action — or the step before!
  • Write an explanation. For example, How does it snow? Write a scientific or mythical explanation.
  • Describe and draw a creature that could live in this scene.
  • Pick a spot to observe throughout the day. Perhaps a particular square in your window pane? Revisit your window throughout the day. Keep track in your journal of the changes you see in a small area.
  • If you can, get outside and observe your small area up close. Use all of your senses to describe the spot. If you can’t get outside, imagine how the spot sounds, feels, smells, tastes.

Nothing sparking your inkspiration outside your own window? Then write about this view outside the windows of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana:


Happy Creating! Be sure to share what you create!


thINK thursday: Writing Gifts for Inksters


Welcome to another thINK thursday! We’re in gift giving season once more. This holiday season, help encourage your Inkster to keep writing where he or she is with these gift suggestions (by the way, no sponsorship here. We really just like these products!):

Writing Games and Kits


  1. Rory’s Story Cubes: These were a big hit at our Inktopia Kids Writing Camps the past two summers, and a big hit at home. Buy all three sets: Original, Actions, and Voyages to triple the writing inkspiration. They are a great size for stocking stuffers, too.
  2. Storymatic Kids: “Six gazillion stories in one little box.” What’s not to like?
  3. Lulu Jr. My Comic Book: Create your own comic book and then have it professionally printed! A great way to combine writing and illustrating.

Journals and Journaling


  1. Journal in a Jar: Inktopia Kids fills a jar with unique prompts and ideas for writing. Inksters can decorate their jars and make them their own. And you can request special themes (Frozen or Minecraft prompts anyone?). See our other Write Where You Are Writing Kits for more gift ideas — including card trading writing kits, Writers House kit, Letter Box, and Build-a-Book. Email inktopiakids@gmail.com for more information and purchasing.
  2. Wreck this Journal: My son was sold on the name of this journal alone, designed by Keri Smith. Then he opened the journal and grew very excited with every page that invites creative messiness.
  3. Rip the Page: Karen Benke has created a book brimming with creative invitations for young Inksters to write. This book is a great resource for grown-ups (parents and teachers) who are looking for ways to enhance their own writing classrooms or writing lives.

For the Smallest Inksters


  1. Alex Toys ABC Keepsake Book: A wonderful kit to help support letter recognition and to capture your little Inksters earliest experiences with written words.
  2. Melissa and Doug Stamp a Scene Farm Set: Children are storytellers, even before they begin to write and read. This scenic stamp collection will help little Inksters create stamped images that will prompt oral storytelling. There are different sets. We like the Farm Scenes best.

Writing DIY Style


  1. DIY Mail Center: This Mail Center from Busy Bees Kids Crafts will help you create another literacy rich play option for your Inkster.
  2. Sensory Writing Options: Early writers will love running their little fingers through sand, salt, and over gel surfaces as they practice writing with these easy DIY gifts.

Happy Shopping!

Inkling Monday: What is Your Gift to the World?



Dear Inksters,

Welcome to this Week’s Inkling Monday — the first one in December!

While Thanksgiving is connected with sharing what we are grateful and thankful for, December tends to be a month when we think about giving gifts. I think about gift giving a lot in December because there are a lot of December birthdays in my family and because we celebrate Christmas. Others think about gifts as part of their Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Boxing Day. But, I am usually thinking about which gift to give a particular relative or friend.

Today’s Inkling asks you to think in larger ways about gift giving. Here’s the question:

If you could give a gift to the world, what would it be?

You can think of the world as the entire world. Or your neighborhood. Or your town. Or your school community. Or any community you are a part of.

  • Write about your gift in your Writing Journal. What would you give? Why do you choose to give that gift?
  • Design a sign that advertises or shares with others your gift. What materials would you use? What colors would you write in? What tools would you use to write your message — crayons, pencil, pen, paint, stickers, magazine cut-outs?

Remember to share your signs and ideas right here on Inktopia Kids!

Happy Writing! Happy Giving!