Each week, we will ask you to practise a different writing pattern with your child.
(This will later help them begin to form letters in the correct way)
This does not mean you have to give them a pencil and piece of paper!
The patterns can be practised in lots of different ways too...
with large felt-tips on an old piece of cardboard;
with chalks outside on the ground;
with a finger in a tray of salt, sugar or flour;
with a stick in the mud;
with a paintbrush and bucket of water outdoors on the wall or fence
The pattern we would like you to practise this week is
top to bottom, vertical lines.
As in the letters I, l and number 1.
Can you make long lines, then short lines?
Can you send us a photograph of the lines you have drawn?
Each week, we will suggest an activity to get your child's fingers stretching and moving- vitally important to enable them to begin to write letter shapes!!
Playdough is an excellent way to get your child to use their fingers in lots of different ways- rolling, squeezing, flattening, pinching etc...
We're sure many of you will already have tubs of shop-bought playdough at home, but if not, here is a very simple recipe to make some.
1 mug of plain flour
Half a mug of cooking salt
Mix together with 1 mugful of warm water (you can add food colouring to the water if you wish). Bring together then knead on a floured surface until you have a ball of dough.
Have fun!! Again, we would love to see photos of what you make with your dough
It is vital to your child's growth and overall physical development that they get some fresh air and exercise every day, if possible
If you do have a garden or outdoor space, wrap them up warmly, and encourage them to have lots of fun outdoors- play running and chasing games, practise throwing and catching a large ball, encourage them to practise riding bikes and moving scooters along.
If you can, enjoy a family walk together- what can you see along the way? What can you hear? How does it feel outside today?