Bubble Writing (Lettering) Motivates Kids to Write (Mostly)

Affiliate Links Are you finding it challenging to get your kids to write? Because me, too! Sigh. So my latest idea to motivate my kids (and yours) is lettering.

Lettering

First of all, lettering is making letters fancy, silly, scary, poofy, etc.

We found tons of lettering ideas in the book, How to Be the Best Bubblewriter in the World Ever - from monster letters (below) to caveman letters.

Another great book we like is the Klutz book called Lettering: in Crazy Cool Quirky Style.

And calligraphy might interest your child – what do you think? Calligraphy for Kids?

If you’re looking for free how-to lettering tutorials, try these.

Audrey Wood’s Blue Sky

Recently, we read Audrey Wood’s newest picture book, Blue Sky. It’s a simple but lovely story that captures a child’s observations of the sky — blue sky, rain sky, sunset sky. Wood’s text shows lettering at it’s best. Each set of words illustrate the sky they describe.

See if your kids will observe the sky. Then, talk about the different types of sky. Can it give them ideas for new ways to write letters? Show the sky in letters!

And Still They Resist

It’s entirely possible your kids will still resist writing. Writing doesn’t come easily to most kids – you’re using so many systems to think of what to write, to form the letters, to write while thinking about ideas, spelling, punctuation, . . . it’s a lot.

Keep trying. Keep encouraging. Don’t forget to write with them. It’s special time with you and will keep your own creative energy flowing.

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Thanks to Toddler Approved for organizing an online Audrey Wood book club. On July 16, every blogger below will share their favorite Audrey Wood book and related activity.
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  • Hallie

    Melissa, I LOVE this post! It’s going to help us with thank you notes! I printed off some of the fonts from “Doodle Art Alley”…thank you!

  • http://www.examiner.com/preschools-1-in-lansing/carrie-chance Carrie

    Thanks for the resources… I’ve gotten journals, special paper yadda, yadda and still he resists writing. It’s hard and he’s not good at it so he doesn’t want to do it.

    One of the things I started when school got out was giving him a piece of paper and pencil for story time. While I read, he writes/draws whatever catches his fancy. It looks like a mish-mash of words and pics but he’s using those muscles. I told him at the end of the summer we’ll put it all together in a book so he can remember the books we read. It seems to help at least with the writing, then I hope it pulls him in to encourage him to read as well as we go. He currently has a challenge with daddy to encourage reading so here’s hoping that works too.

  • http://toddlerapproved.com Toddler Approved

    Fun! I love bubble writing and all sorts of other styles like that. I think I’ll have as much fun trying this out as my son will. Love all the resources you shared and really need to check out Audrey Wood’s book Blue Sky.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      no, kidding! I’m the same – it’s helping me, too!

  • http://PragmaticMom.com PragmaticMom

    My kids do love to make bubble letters and I love how your ideas bring bubble letters to a whole new artistic level. I need to get my kids writing as well this summer. And reading. And doing math.

    And yet, it’s summer and it’s the only time they are not scheduled up. Ah well, time to let them stay up late and sneak some of this stuff in.

  • http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets School Sparks Renee

    What a great way to keep kids excited about writing. My grandsons will love this. I’m going to look for Audrey Wood’s book, too. Thanks for sharing this. Renee

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      how old are they, Renee? I can’t wait to hear how it goes!