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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.
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.
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!
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.
Toddler Approved, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Rainy Day Mum, Reading Confetti, Inspiration Laboratories, Play Dr. Mom, Mommy and Me Book Club, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Two Big Two Little, Creative Connections for Kids, The Golden Gleam, Juggling with Kids, Taming the Goblin, Crafty Moms Share, Ready Set Read 2 Me, Famiglia and Seoul, The Good Long Road, The Educator’s Spin On It, Imagination Soup, 3 Dinosaurs, Royal Baloo, BeingAConsciousParent, and No Twiddle Twaddle