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Once your child has good control over their pencil or pen, enjoy this challenge - draw something without lifting your pencil off the paper even once. In other words - create a one-line drawing.
This is a really good challenge because it encourages:
1) A thought process before putting pen to paper - it is important to plan where to start and end.
2) Ability to simplify and to spot the essential elements in what you see.
3) Mastery of the skills that are useful for "joined up" writing.
4) Flow in hand work.
Have a look at the animal drawings above, and get more inspiration for amazing one-line drawings here. If your child is interested, show them this article that shows how some famous artists challenged themselves to do one line drawings.
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practices it the stronger their writing ability will become. You child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child.
Decide on a writing project you could work on either together or with you standing by to help. This could be writing or sending an email to a family member or friend living away or your child writing about one of their interests. List key messages you want to write about, who else might read it and then begin work on the piece. Have a dictionary at the ready and use the spell checker if working on a computer.
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