Activities at home should be designed to help your child love drawing and writing. Build your child’s confidence and encourage any attempts along the road to drawing and writing.
Things to remember
- Drawing and writing activities should be fun and stress free
- Children learn to draw and write at their own pace, allow them to work at their own level
- Every child starts by scribbling. Scribbling is a way for your child to put their thoughts on paper in a way that makes sense to them.
- Let your child know that you value their work – talk about it, display it or use it the way they intended e.g. a shopping list
- Encourage your child to use a variety of tools to draw and write to make it more fun.
Building a writer
- Encourage your child to draw shapes, make pictures and explore lines
- Work alongside them provides pictures and words for them to copy
- Let your child see you writing in a variety of circumstances in everyday life – doodling, lists, crosswords and wordsearches etc.
Creating reasons to write
- a shopping list
- a birthday card
- an invitation
- a letter
- a menu
- labels on photos or captions in albums
- messages to friends and family
Providing resources to write
- felt tips
- note pads