My Idea Box
Snack: Have something that comes in
a box. Raisins? A snack-size box of cereal? Single-serving box of animal
crackers? And what to drink with your boxed snack? Why, a juice box, of course.
Box of sturdy cardboard or wood
Materials to decorate it
Glue, tape, scissors
Spiral notebook that you can decorate to match
They say a good, strong writer is someone who always
has one writing project going, and the idea for the next one ready to go. So
make writing a convenient habit, and keep "the next idea" always at your
Start with a
nice-looking box, such as a hinged cigar box or shoebox. The bigger, the
better! You can purchase a sturdy, attractive paper or wood box in a store,
Cover the box and decorate it any way you choose.
Maybe paint it? Tape on nice gift wrap? An old map? Fake fur? Glue on beads or
costume jewelry? Pretty contact paper? Use whatever you'd like, to make the box
into a point of pride and a focal point in your room.
At the same time, decorate a blank
spiral notebook with the same materials so that it matches the box. This will
become your "Imagination Notebook." Use it to develop your writing ideas . . .
and keep your box full!
Here's a list of things to put in your box as future
writing ideas. How many more can you list?
memorable or sweet that a friend said
Movie ticket if you
have an idea for a sequel
An ad that gives you an
idea for a new product invention
Funny photos that you
can write captions for
A comic strip or
cartoon that you like
A quote from a famous
A metaphor that you
Pictures from magazines
Objects found outside,
like feathers (as long as they aren't alive, like frogs!)
Places in the United
States that you would like to visit
Foreign countries or
places that interest you
clipped from ads or junk mail