What to do with this activity?
Encourage your child to see writing happening every day.
If you write things down every day, like for example "to do" lists or shopping lists, let your child know that you are writing.
If you don't write much yourself keep an eye out for writing going on around you. Point this writing out to your child.
They will see that writing is a skill that people use every day and that it is a great way to communicate with others.
Look out for opportunities for your child to use ´real writing´, for instance:
- Make a list of things to remember.
- Write a thank you letter or a postcard.
- Write invitations to friends.
- Write their own stories in a special book.
- As part of a game of pretend - like being a waiter writing down your order.
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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