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What to do with this activity?

"Punctuation" is what we call the marks - like full stops, commas, and question marks - used to separate words and sentences. Punctuation helps make the meaning clear. Understanding how to use simple punctuation is an important part of learning to write.  

If your child is ready (at about the age of seven), play this Alien punctuation game from the BBC and practise putting full stops, question marks and capital letters in the right place.  You can choose a level to suit your child.  The hardest level includes knowing where to put quotation marks which are used in pairs to set off speech.  Avoid the hardest level if your child needs to practise using the simpler punctuation signs. 


  • Why am I doing this?

    Learning to write should be fun. It’s important that children know that writing is a fun and useful. By fitting it into everyday activities, like drawing, writing notes and birthday cards children will get used to holding a pencil and learning to write properly.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to write and draw  - on outdoor walls with chalk or in the sand at the beach. Give them picture mazes or puzzles to fill out – join the dot puzzles are great for their hand eye coordination.

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