Writing helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Not only are these activities good writing practice – they’re good fun too!

  • Thank you!
  • Dear Tooth Fairy
  • Hello Granny
When your child is given a gift or a treat, encourage them to send a 'thank you' drawing. Talk about the person they're doing a drawing for and ask them to think carefully about what they might like a drawing of (e.g. Do they like dogs? Is the dog a happy or a sad dog? What's the dog's name).
If your child's tooth falls out, help them to write a message or draw a picture for 'The Tooth Fairy'. Encourage them to put it under their pillow with their tooth. You could even write a message or draw a picture back to them (from 'The Tooth Fairy') - just imagine their wee face when they find it and read it back to you!
Encourage your child to write a message for a relative who lives far away. Ask them to write three sentences in their letter. It could go a little like this: 'Hello Granny. How are you? I'm doing fine. I made a space ship out of milk bottles yesterday. Love, Harry.' If you can, send it to the person using social media, email or by post.

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Handy tips

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Measure your child’s height and keep a record together

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Draw your child’s attention to signs and posters when you are out and about

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Children love being read to – even when they can read themselves