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Making cards for family members and friends can be an enjoyable thing to do, and gives your child an opportunity to do some real writing.
First make the card. Use a plain piece of white or coloured card as a base, making sure that it is cut to a suitable size and is folded in half. Then let your child design the front of the card with your guidance.
Your child could decorate the card with their own drawings; by sticking on shapes of coloured paper; with potato prints; or with foil or glitter. Here are some ideas for simple Valentine Day cards, or for Christmas cards, both from Activity Village.
Once the card is made, encourage your child to think up and write a special message along with their name. The card will be an original and the person your child gives the card to will love that it was made especially.
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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