PowerPoint for kids: Terrific tool for reluctant writers

by | Oct 31, 2016 | Publishing Project Ideas, Struggling Writers

Introduce reluctant writers to PowerPoint! For kids, making a PowerPoint presentation is a cool way to merge knowledge, writing, and technology.
Some time ago, in preparation for my first webinar, I discovered the joy of making Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations. Call me weird, but I found I love combining writing with techno-creativity—choosing a template, organizing my ideas into neat bullet points, and adding just the right clipart or photo to each page.

PowerPoint for Kids Who Hate to Write

It may not sound like your idea of fun, but if you have a reluctant writer, I can fairly guarantee that he’d rather make a PowerPoint slide show than write a report by hand. As a matter of fact, allowing your child to display his understanding of a subject in a fresh new way can spark tremendous enthusiasm and eagerness. Creating a PowerPoint presentation appeals to children on so many levels:

  • Perfect for both visual and kinesthetic learners.
  • Appeals to children who are artistic and creative.
  • Appeals to children who love technology.
  • Offers a break from more traditional schoolwork.
  • Teaches important computer and keyboarding skills.
  • Encourages research.

Making It Practical

Children can use a Microsoft® PowerPoint slide show to explain a scientific concept such as photosynthesis, volcanoes, or the water cycle. They can create reports about penguins, submarines, ancient Greece, ballet, or Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Adding photos, clipart, and tidbits of information in bullet-point form, they’re absorbing and applying knowledge. It’s fun, creative, novel, and interesting, making the PowerPoint a great way to mix up traditional report writing with technology. With a few months of the school year still remaining, perhaps the time is right to try something new. Why not introduce your children to PowerPoint?

For some basic tutorials on PowerPoint for kids, start here:

Image: Nicola, courtesy of Creative Commons


  1. Brian

    Great idea! I use a Mac at home. They have a similar program that I like even more than PowerPoint called Keynote. Same basic idea though. Maybe it’s because I’m a boy, but I get a kick out of creating PowerPoint presentations too.

  2. Kim

    Not being a Mac user, I always appreciate Mac tips to pass on. Thanks for suggesting Keynote, Brian!

  3. Janet

    Great links to the tutorials! Although I’m still trying to catch up to my computer-whiz nieces, both of the girls make use of PowerPoint in their homeschooled days. Seems to be working very well!

  4. Michelle

    What an interesting idea! I don’t know how to do that so I would have had to learn right along with them, but that would be okay.

    • Kim Kautzer

      You’re going to have so much fun making PowerPoint presentations with your kids. I always loved learning alongside my own children. Believe it or not, when we first started homeschooling in 1989, most people didn’t have home computers yet! 😀

  5. Erin Vincent

    What an awesome idea! I never would have thought to use Power Point. Thanks so much for the tips!

    • Kim Kautzer

      Hope this activity stretches your kids’ creativity, Erin!



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