The Psychology Ink Blot Test
Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me posts an open ended writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.
At The Writer’s Club this term, before we start work on our current writing project, we do a quick writing warm up. The creativity of this bunch of children never fails to surprise me! As a child, and still today, I love psychology ink blot tests where you try to ‘see’ something in a random ink shape. (I love them even more, if they reveal what this says about me!) With this as my inspiration, I used three different images (which you will find within this post) but a quick Google search will uncover hundreads of images you can use. If there was time, I think it would be cool to have the class create the ink blobs and splatters and then use these for their writing inspiration. I gave each child their own copy of the ink blot so they could hold it in their hands, twist it around and get a feel for what might be hidden inside.
Then we set the timer for 10 minutes (much longer than our usual writing warm ups) and off we went. The group were so motivated that I looking forward to share time. The results were so varied. There was rhyming poetry, free verse, a story about a boy who was asked to write about a a random ink spot. There was an evil ink spot character that was going to take over the world! There was even a wonderful and very accurate description of the ink spot and the symbols hidden inside. All in all – the perefct writing warm up to share with you!
After 25 years teaching experience, from Early Childhood to VCE, Beth Cregan combined her passion for books, writing and storytelling to launch ‘Write Away With Me’. Now in its fourth year, Write Away With Me offers a wide range of original and creative storytelling and writing workshops across Victoria. Her high energy workshops cover a wide range of writing styles/genres and a flexible approach, means it’s possible to tailor the experience to match the needs of your students and your school. Interested in booking a workshop for your class? Check out the range of storytelling and writing workshops today! Workshops for secondary classes and Professional Development programs are also popular.
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