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Nowadays we are used to sending messages that get delivered instantly by text, email or social media . Can you remember the pleasure of receiving a real letter, card or postcard through the post? Sometimes called "snail mail" because it is slower, the message is more meaningful because someone has taken the time to write to you.
Buy a postcard or card from your local newsagent and help your child to write a message - good writing practice. Show them that you need to add an address, and take them to the post office to buy a stamp. Then let them post the card in a letter box.
Maybe they will get a postcard or letter in return. It's exciting to get an item in the post that has your name on it.
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.
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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