Bright Sparks Creative Bursts: Free Online Resources for Kids
Creative Bursts are created by Sarah Webb and supported by the Museum of Literature Ireland.
MoLI is committed to youth creativity and while we can’t get out to enjoy the free primary schools tour and workshops programme in the Museum, they are running Bright Sparks – a series of art and story workshops online, facilitated by Irish writers and illustrators where families embrace the opportunity to play and create together.
Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s writer and children’s book champion. Her children’s books include A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea, illustrated by Steve McCarthy which won the Irish Book Awards Junior Category and Blazing a Trail: Irish Women Who Changed the World, illustrated by Lauren O’Neill which won the Irish Book Awards Senior Category. Her latest book is Dare to Dream: Irish People Who Took On the World (and Won!), illustrated by Graham Corcoran.
To get lost in a Creative Burst all you need is a pencil or pen and a notebook or piece of paper. The writing games and prompts are aimed at around age 9+ but could be done with younger children if you give them a bit of help. Also included are some more challenging story prompts for older or more experienced writers of around 11+ (every young writer is different).
Remember grown-ups: please join in too! It’s great for children to see you being creative, making mistakes and having fun on the page!
Pop over to their website to watch online and down load the materials – here’s a taster!
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