Writing is a fundamental part of every child’s learning journey, but it doesn’t have to be boring! Here at Love Writing Co. we don't just want to make it easier for children to learn to write, we want to make it fun. Writing is the best brain workout a child can do, so making it interesting for your child will help them excel as a writer. That’s why this National Writing Day, we’re sharing five fun tips that will encourage your child to write more.
1) Create a Character Challenge
Encourage your child's imagination to run wild using our Create a Character Challenge! This National Writing Day we’re hosting a competition on our Instagram page (@lovewritingco) where you can be in with the chance of winning one of our amazing Learning to Write Packs!
Inspired by our own characters Margaux the Unicorn and Telly the Jellyfish, all your child needs to do is draw a picture of their newly created character and tell us their name, favourite colour, food, and activity. Tag us in your Instagram post for the chance to win! Whether it is a unicorn who loves scuba diving or a lion that loves to tap dance, the more creative the better!
2) Party Invitations
Is someone’s birthday coming up? Or does your little one just like hosting tea parties? You can incorporate writing into play by suggesting your child make invitations, name badges or place cards for their party. They could even make signs to transform their bedroom into a ‘castle’ or ‘cafe’ - the possibilities are endless. This way, your child’s creativity can blossom. Instead of writing seeming dull and regimental, they will begin to realise that writing and their imagination can go hand in hand.
3) Send celebrity letters
Is your child’s favourite superhero Batman? Or is their icon Princess Elsa, from Frozen? Why not help them write a letter to them? When I was younger, I can remember writing a letter to my celebrity hero, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky (it was a weird phase, OK) and never receiving a letter back. Rather than being upset by this, I can only remember how much fun I had writing it, sticking the stamp to the front, and pushing it through the post-box. Whether your child’s addressing their letter to Gotham City or Disney World, it is a brilliant way to teach them the power and excitement in writing.
4) Keep a diary or journal
Encourage your child to keep a diary. Not only can they write their utmost secrets in it, it’s a place where they can repeatedly practice their writing. If they are stuck for ideas, help them to break it down by telling them to write their favourite colour, food and TV programme - listing is a great way to make writing seem more manageable!
5) Write Thank You cards
Despite the decline of traditional thank you notes, we’d like to think nothing beats a handwritten card! That’s why we’ve specially designed a range of ‘Thank You’ cards for 3-7-year olds, which helps them develop their letter formation, handwriting and fine motor skills. The personal touch of a handwritten card will outweigh any shop bought one and will be a gift people will love to receive!
By Samantha Wait