11 Fun Activities to Encourage Your Child’s Writing
Your child is beginning to master the fine motor skills to write letters and numbers well. Don’t worry if their first few attempts look more like squiggles. Over time, your writing will improve. For now, make writing fun and exciting. Here are 11 ideas to motivate your child to write. Children learn in different ways, so we offer you some games and activities to encourage your child’s writing, according to their learning style.
LEARN WITH MOVEMENT
Write together: When you write a letter or the grocery list, ask your child to sit next to you. Give them paper to practice and make their own “grocery list and letter” while taking care of your business. Your child will learn that writing is an essential part of everyday life.
Use sand or dough to “write” words: Help your child make letters and form words using materials like sand or glitter. Cookie dough works too. Also, the letters can be eaten!
Keep a log of walks: Buy your little one a notebook so that when you go on a trip together (on vacation, visiting grandma’s house, the beach, or the zoo), they will write down what they see and what they do. It doesn’t matter if your travel diary is just doodles.
LEARN BY LISTENING
Dictate and write: Suggest that your child dictate a story for you to write. Do you need a good topic? It may be about going to the zoo. Even if your child can’t write yet, this is a great way to reinforce the connection between what is written and what is spoken. As your child learns to write, they can narrate, and you can write.
Describe photos: Look at family photos or drawings in magazines and books. Ask your child to tell you what they think the people they see are doing and write what they say as a caption. Or invite them to make up a conversation between two of the people in the pictures.
“Publish” a book together: They can glue some of your child’s drawings onto pieces of construction paper. Ask them to describe their drawings to you. Use thicker construction paper (or a piece of cardboard) to make the book’s cover and let your child decorate it. Suggest that they put their name on the cover as well as a title. Cut holes in the pages and tie them together with a ribbon or ribbon. Treat it like an actual book; keep it in the bookcase, along with the other children’s books.
LEARN BY SEEING
Make a photo journal: Take photos of your child with their friends and family and paste them into a journal or album. Your child can describe the image to you (who the people are and where they are), and you can write what they tell you as a caption. That will be a great keepsake for when I am older.
Make an alphabet book: Fold the cardboard in half and put several white sheets inside. You can join them with staples. Your child can write one letter per page in uppercase and lowercase, and you can also draw something that begins with each letter of the alphabet.
Keep a journal: Children love to talk about themselves. By keeping a journal, your child learns to “talk” about himself in writing. If your child is struggling with letters, get them used to write a word or two days in a special notebook. Some ideas for you to start this activity:
• Give specific suggestions. Encourage them to write about their visit to their grandmother’s house or about their music classes. It doesn’t matter if it just scribbles.
• Let them dictate what they would like to see included in their journal. Seeing you write may motivate them to fill the pages of their journal very soon.
• Play with a magnetic alphabet on the refrigerator.
• Your child can practice with the magnetic letters; writing and spelling this way will be fun. You can also trace the letters (use coloured pencils as crayons are too wide for this). They can stick the magnetic letters on a cookie sheet while doing this activity.