Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Top 5 Fun Writing Activities for Children

Crystal Roman, blogger and caring mom of beautiful daughter, wrote a guest post about her top 5 fun writing activities for children. Let’s see what she has prepared for us!

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Education of your child starts from early years. The modern world has many non-standard techniques offering a child to start learning at the age of 1.5-2 years. Keeping up traditional education, writing activities must be taught from the preschool period. If a child is taught correctly then he can get a part-time job as a freelance writer at ‘write my paper’ kind of services later. Writing skills start with the alphabet.

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1. Getting familiar with the alphabet


Everything goes better with a game. Be creative when trying to teach the alphabet to a child. The more interesting games you make up the better result you’ll reach in early education and writing activities. Here’s what you need:
  • Black or whiteboard, a piece of big paper or something else you can paint on.
  • Pen, colored chalks or tip marker
  • Your imagination
Ask your child paint letters of the alphabet. Then let them imagine every letter to be an animal, a flower or any other creature. Let a kid paint what he sees because it is influential to children to come up with their own ideas which are appreciated by parents. Associations play an essential role in memorizing activities. If you child has troubles with animals then just color letters.

When you dealt with the first task, start the second: show the letter and give your child five seconds to name a word starting with this letter. The best decision is to involve a few children in the game. This encourages competitiveness and creativity. Teach children that losing is not a bad thing, and that participating is.

It is interesting to use stones, cards or other material to write letters on, then put them in a bag and pull out one by one while asking children to name appropriate words. The game can be played on a pavement in a park using colored chalks and involving other children.

2. Getting to know compound words

Together with your kid create cards with compound words. For example, ‘anybody’ should be written in two different cards with ‘any’ and ‘body’. Depending on your child’s level, make up as many compound words as possible and make the cards colorful using your creativity. Put the pile on the table and let every player (at least three) take five cards. The first player asks for a card that matches to his card, for example: “Pa, do you have any cards that pass to day?”. If the answer is yes, then the player can ask for another card from another player or take a card from the pile. The aim is to create as many pairs as possible.

3. Start writing

Each previous game can end up writing down each word to a piece of paper and counting points for correctly written words. Again, use your own imagination to create a unique game for your child according to his character and to be sure he is interested in it. Use colorful chalks to write starting letters like sw-, op-, cr-, la- and others to make your kid write down a list of words starting with those letters. The purpose of the game is to memorize correct spelling of each word.

4. Parts of speech

Knowing words and their spelling is not enough for a future young writer. To learn parts of speech create eight paper bags, painted together with a child to involve him in the process and entertain, tagged with different parts of speech. While painting the bags, explain the meaning of each part then make your kid write as many words as possible on cards. Do not limit him in making up words; let a kid write everything he knows. Then put cards to the appropriate bag.

5. Alias

This game gained popularity very fast among the youth and children. The rules are well known and the game itself is very entertaining and involving. The good news is that you can play it together with your adult friends and children. It not only helps to learn new words, learn to explain words and create correct sentences, learn spelling and meaning of well-known words, but also improves creativity and non-standard thinking.

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