Calvin Olsen, Poet, Translator, Professor, Editor
Looks like Emily answered your question well, so I’ll just add a couple of DIY options if you want to add some variety to your daughter’s creative endeavors.
If you’re looking for new ideas about what to write, the Internet is replete with “writing prompts” for any age group. For elementary-aged writers, I’d point you to the Story Starter (a prompt generator) offered on the Scholastic website (https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/). Just choose a genre and then an age group, and you’ll arrive at the Story Starter. After a click on each of the buttons, you’ll have a fun prompt to use as a jumping point. For example, I just requested an Adventure prompt for grades 4–6, and this is what came up: “Describe three risks taken by a confident detective who finds a strange package by the door.” Not half bad.
Another quick idea is to get involved however you see fit. You might want to type and compile the stories after they’re written. If you printed them out like a picture book, your daughter could illustrate them later and have her own book to read to others. Or, if you’re on the creative side, you can illustrate them yourself, which will breed even more creativity as she stretches to entertain the both of you. An example of this type of thing can be found if you search for the Spaghetti Toes blog, in which a dad illustrates the hilarious things his daughter says.
Writing prompts and interaction should be helpful without needing to even leave the house. And before you know it, you’ll be coming up with your own prompts off the top of your head in no time.