Do try this at home…some quick and simple ideas that you might want to try to support your child’s Literacy Skills at home.
Bringing a Book to Life
The littlest one is suddenly into books and stories so we are capitalising on that by bringing them to life. The sunny weather has meant that long walks and exploring the countryside is more appealing and so off we set on a bear hunt liked to We're Going on A Bear Hunt which we were lucky enough to see at the theatre and she has subsequntly enjoyed reading. This activity was so simple but such fun and my daughter really think she went on a Bear Hunt. It was led very much by her. We found some mud to squelch in and some grass so walk through. We were lucky enough to find something which vaguely resembled a cave and she was at great pains to explain to me that the bear was “only pretend”. She loved pretending to look for the bear nonetheless. Great for imagination, language development and instilling a love of books in small children.
Practising Name writing
My son is always reluctant to put pen to paper so I have to be a bit inventive to get him to do any form of writing or mark making. Thanks to some neon stars this week he wrote his name (with lots of help) for the first time. We took one letter at a time and I talked him through forming the letter. Each letter was written on a star which he thought was great – and, if he made a mistake we didn’t have to start from scratch we just had to re-write one letter. If your child isn’t ready for name writing the neon stars are great to do anoy form of mark making on.
Fine Motor Skills Fun
A great activity for fine motor skills. We used three different bowls of coloured water (simply dyed with food colouring) and used a pipette to suck the water up. We then used the back of a Duplo board and filled each section with water. I especially love that this can be differentiated as the smaller holes can be used for children who need a bit more of a challenge while the underside with the larger holes can be used for those who are finding it a bit tricky.