Ideas for children’s writing :: zigzag books

If you’re looking for a fun idea to get your child writing, try making a Zig Zag Book. It’s a great way to encourage beginners to have a go at writing. The format of the book is fun and quirky and lets them do lots of drawings, adding in a little writing too.

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Kids’ writing :: make a zigzag book

To make a zigzag book, take a piece of card (a long and narrow shape) in your child’s favourite colour. Fold it in half, then in half again to create a little book with four zig zag pages.

Then it’s over to your child. What story could they write? They might like to make up a story from their imagination, or re-tell a story they know well. The format of the book, with its sequence of just four pages, encourages them to think about the structure of a story and come up with a start, middle and end to their to make a simple book kids

My younger daughter re-interpreted The Bog Baby, one of our current favourite reads, and her sister went for an alien adventure called ‘Space Dogs’.

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You can adapt the story writing to suit your child, making this a good activity for a group of children of different ages or abilities. L (4yrs) did all her illustrations and then dictated her story for me to write.

Making your very own book gives a great sense of accomplishment, and using this small size of zigzag book makes it possible for even very beginner writers to achieve this.

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B (7yrs) made hers all by herself – I suggested she just write speech bubbles for her characters, so she could include some writing without being overwhelmed by having to write full sentences.

More great writing ideas for kids

For more ideas to encourage your children to have fun with writing take a look at our A-Z of how to write.

An excellent resource of preschool activities, toghether with 10 printables. Includes math, literacy, art, science and play ideas for thre to fice year olds. Click through to download your copy.


  1. says

    It’s so fun to see what their creative little minds come up with! I have a hard time keeping up with my daughter as she dictates and I write…we’ll definitely be trying this. Thanks!

  2. Hannah @anewaddition says

    I am so glad I found this, Now I have my boys activity for the day :) Although we are using paper x

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