Support your child’s writing every day
Lots of kids love writing – and showing off what they can do. It’s easy to combine writing with everyday activities. If you add in bright crayons, colouring pens and markers, chalks and paint sets, and even glue and glitter, you’ll keep your child’s mind busy, and have lots of fun together too.
Choose an everyday activity
Make a list
Writing a list can help your child with their writing and spelling, and it can be a great outlet for their imagination. There are no limits to what a list can be about – and here some ideas for inspiration.
Feel the love
Storybook characters and finger puppets are a fantastic way to help your child understand how the world works. Using everyday activities like these also gives them the chance to express how they feel about themselves and the world around them – and that can help the ideas flow when they’re reading and writing.
Kids have amazing imaginations. You can find out so much about what’s going on in your child’s mind by doing simple activities together – like these.
Writing helps keep kids entertained, while they’re finding out about themselves and the world around them. Here are some activities you can do together which will help your child write, and enjoy themselves at the same time.
Encourage your child to put pen to paper and let their imagination run wild – you won’t believe what they’ll come up with, and these activities will keep them busy for hours.
On the bus
Waiting for your stop on the bus or the train can be a bit of a drag, and kids can get restless. Read on for some activities that will keep your child occupied and help them write at the same time.
Chilling with a magazine
Reading your favourite magazine with your child is a fun way to relax together. Going through the pages and finding pictures they like is a great way to keep them busy – and you get to enjoy your magazine, too. You could also try these activities with any old newspapers, flyers or magazines you’ve got lying around the house.
Meal times can be mad times. De-stress family dinners by getting your excited youngsters involved in the cooking to keep them busy. It’s also an entertaining way for them to keep writing.
After a day out
Getting out the house for the afternoon is a way to let children blow off some steam if they’re getting a bit stir crazy. It’s also a clever way to help them with their writing skills. Even a quick trip to the park is great for the activities below.
Making a greetings card
Cards can be pretty expensive. The good news is, they’re also pretty fun for kids to make, and friends and family members will love getting them. Card-making also helps with writing, so it’s win-win-win. We’ve got some ideas to help you get started.
On your phone
Sending messages to pals and family members is something we all do every day. Getting your child involved with writing and sending messages is also great fun for both of you – and a good way to keep them engaged whether you’re at home, or out and about.
Things to try
Deputy First Minister’s Easter Holiday Maths Challenge
If you are looking for fun activities to keep you and your child entertained this Easter break, why not try the Deputy First Minister’s Holiday Maths Challenge?
Hard copies of the Maths Challenge are being handed out to all P6 pupils in time for Easter, and hard copies will also be available at local libraries. Workings and solutions will be available from the 4th of April here: www.blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count/
Christmas Holiday 2017 – Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge
Fun, festive activities to keep your child busy over the holidays!
Get your kids to help a ‘book buddy’ to read. Buddies can be a younger sister or brother, or even a favourite soft toy. Letting your child help their book buddy to read will keep them occupied, and help them with their own reading.
Writing a list can be a great way for kids to use their imagination. Ask your child what they’d pack if they were going into the jungle? What might they find there, and would they need to include any special items?
Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?