It may look like scribble to us, but this early scribbling and ‘playing at writing’ are an important step on the journey to becoming a writer. Your child will know what these marks mean and will love to tell you about them!
Top tips to help your child on this exciting journey:
- ‘Celebrate the Scribble’ by having a special place to collect and display your child’s marks and drawings.
- Listen to your child and talk to them about their marks and what they mean.
- Let your child see you writing. Use everyday opportunities like writing a ‘don’t forget’ list to show your child writing in action and to talk to them about writing and explain why we write.
- Involve your child! Encourage your child to join in with everyday writing activities such as ‘signing’ their name on a birthday card or adding items to your shopping list.
- Bring writing into everyday play. You could make a map with your child to go with their train set or write price labels for food when you are playing shops together.
- Make the most of every opportunity. Encourage your child to use sticks to make marks in the mud when out on a walk or in the sand when playing on the beach