What to do with this activity?
Making Christmas cards is fun and shows your child that you can send messages by drawing and writing. There is no proper way to make a Christmas card. What you make with your child will be unique and special.
What you need:
- A white or coloured piece of light card.
- Pritt stick, sellotape or glue.
- Crayons, markers, colouring pencils, coloured pens, paint and maybe glitter.
- Strongly coloured paper, especially red, green, gold, or shiny paper to cut up.
What to do:
- Cut out simple shapes for your child to stick onto the page - a Christmas tree, a bell, a star or a holly shape, or a Christmas picture from an old card or magazine.
- Stick the coloured paper onto the card.
- Fold the card over and draw a border on the front with a coloured pen.
Help your child to write their name and decide the message for inside the card. It might just be a smiley face or “Happy Christmas”. You can add the date if you like. If the person comes across it in a few years they'll know when it was made.
Rainy Day Mum shows you how to make a simple Christmas tree card with your toddler.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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