Homework time in our house with two boys is never a breeze but it can be especially tiresome when it requires them to put pen to paper for anything other than a picture! They are both more than capable but neither see the need for it and treat it like it’s the biggest effort in the whole wide world! Hence I’ve had to get a bit creative to try and help my five year old learn to write and have come up with ten quick, easy printable activities or crafts which appeal to a young person’s short attention span and are ideal for a busy parent to organise.
1. Rainbow Words
Using colour always brightens up a task so have different pencils ready to learn the colours of the rainbow and make writing more fun.
2. Rice Writing
For this I used a small tray and placed orange coloured card at the bottom to help the letters stand out. I then covered the tray in rice and let the children write whatever they liked using their fingers.
3. Rhyming Words
Thinking up new words to rhyme always makes children giggle so an activity combining bright pictures with rhyme can encourage them to write. Don’t worry if they come up with some nonsense rhyming words as this activity is just as much about learning to write letters as it is words.
4. Glitter Words
This one is a bit messy but it’s very simple and if you have a selection of glitter colours it can keep the children occupied for sometime.
5. Numbers in words.
Another simple printable activity this time to help with linking numbers with the written word.
6. Word Wall Chart
This takes about 20 minutes to prepare but as there are 90 possible places to write a word it can last for 3 months! The idea is to write one word which describes their day. They can pick any triangle to write on and the words can be how they feel about their day, the name of a place they visited, the name of a person they saw, a sport or an activity for example. Our first words were swimming and computer. This activity encourages smaller writing in order to keep their words within the allotted triangle. To make this I needed five different coloured sheets of card, some string and patience to cut out the thirty squares! A square craft punch would be much quicker!
7. Missing letters.
A simple printable activity sheet for a spare five minutes which helps with the sounds of letters and spelling.
8. String a Letter
This involves some cutting and sticking to prepare but is a fantastic way for children to practice letter formation.
9. Code Breaking
There’s always something satisfying about breaking a code. Copy and print out the following two sheets, then have fun hunting and writing the corresponding letters.
10. Chalk Labels
For this I needed some craft labels, chalk and chalkboard paint. I painted one side of the craft labels then left to dry. Once dry the children wrote with the chalk to label jars of pens, boxes of toys and drawers of paper. Even some of the soft toys got labelled!
What writing activities have you found work best?