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Have a go at these Halloween-themed arts and craft items which might be fun for your child with just a little help from you.
Sometimes people light bonfires at Halloween - talk about that with your little one. Make a picture of a bonfire together using torn coloured paper and glue - instructions here from Activity Village.
Make a couple of friendly ghosts with cotton wool balls, and hang them up to decorate your home - instructions here from Thriving Home.
Or if you have a printer, click on the yellow activity link below to print out some of these Halloween colour-in pages from Woo! Jr.. Help your child to make marks with big crayons or markers that are easy for them to hold.
There are at least four stages in learning to write. The first is movement - your child learning to control their body and their hands - reaching, feeling and holding things - is part of this first stage.
The second stage is making marks - seeing that if you put this crayon here and move it, it makes a mark.
Drawing is a third stage.
The fourth then is learning how to make letters and later words.
For your child, the more they are aware about how useful writing is, the better. Seeing you writing is great and you pointing out other people writing will help them see how useful it is too.
It’s always good to keep crayons and paper close at hand, so that you can give them to your child anytime to play with.
Write words under your child’s drawing – like their name or what they have drawn – that will help them understand the meaning of words.
Later you could clip 10 or 12 of these drawings together to make a book. This will show your child how books can be made.
Let your child see you writing – notes, lists, letters and emails. If you don't write much yourself, show your child other people writing when you are out and about.
Encourage your child to use ‘pretend’ writing in play - writing their own name, notices or price lists. You could even give them a little notebook when you go to the shops or when they’re playing ‘shop’ with their friends.
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