Holiday Writing Exercises
Developed by: Amanda
Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie
To facilitate and promote discussion through the use of metaphor.
Depending on the time of year (Halloween, Christmas, Hanukah,
Thanksgiving, etc…) cut out symbols related to those holidays
Example: for Halloween out of construction paper cut out a bat, pumpkin,
Description of activity:
beginning of the session show the individual the cut outs, preface the
session with realizing it’s getting close to certain holiday and utilize
the holiday as a means to get at that child/teenager’s feelings about
that time of year
child/teenager to decorate the symbol and explain that we will then work
on writing a story surrounding the symbol
Example: the child/teenager selects the bat cut out and continues to
write a story about the bat, the bat being the main character in the
child/teenager feels comfortable have them write the story on their
own. Give them time and space to do so. If they need assistance
provide it to them.
Following the completion of their story writing, either you read the
story or if the child/teenager is comfortable have the story read aloud.
you or the child/teenager has read the story continue the activity by
asking the child/teenager questions pertaining to the story. Take this
a step further by asking them questions about things they did not write
about in the story, but ask them things such as, “What do you think
would happen if…”.
Continue to work in the metaphor. If the child/teenager takes to this
type of activity, continue it in following activities suggesting maybe
that the child/teenager develops more of the characters from the