My kids are not huge writing fans. So any and all writing activities must have an element of fun to them.
So I present to you – the Garden Mash Up Challenge.
Take any two vegetables (or use my handy guide to roll for it) and mash them up. Your creativity is the only limit.
Garden Mash Up Writing Activity
I love asking kids to mash up two things. Once they realize they can make up the rules and mash it up however they want, the creativity really comes out.
There’s no saying how to mash two things or what will dominate certain parts.
I’ve found kids can get really into writing activities like this and the ideas they come up with can be really inspiring.
How to Use the Garden Mash Up Writing Activity
Start by downloading the writing page and the roll page (or the dice to construct that come with the set).
You don’t have to use the dice or select the vegetables at random. If your kids have two in mind, go with it!
The next step is to come up with a name. There are no rules here – they can combine the two names (cauliflower and potato could become caulitato) or come up with a completely unique name.
Write the name on the paper.
Next, draw a picture of the new vegetable. Will it look mostly like one vegetable or the other? Will the colors be combined or will one color dominate?
Finally, write a few facts about the new vegetable. Here are some things to consider:
- What does it taste like?
- What does it smell like?
- Does it have any special properties?
- Is it a ‘super fruit’? Does it have super powers?
- Where can it be found?
- How fast does it grow?
- What kinds of people or animals would eat it?