ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK
This week, we’re focusing on writing characters. As you have probably experienced either yourself or seen it happen with your children, writing characters repeatedly on worksheets have a limited value and children often balk at the work.
Hopefully, your children will enjoy this activity a little bit more than just writing on worksheets.
Quick Tip: Your child may be tempted to just play with the salt/sand instead of write. That’s ok. Just let them play for a bit. Then try to have them write again.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Big pan or tub/box
- Chopstick or unsharpened pencil or stick
*Alternate materials: baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, dropper
HOW TO PLAY
Writing Characters in Salt/Sand (age 3+, single players)
1) Have your child practice writing in the sand/salt until they want to stop.
2) Repeat until you are done with all the characters you want to use.
Alternate ideas: Instead of a stick and sand/salt, you can use fingers. Or, you can get use a pan full of baking soda and color vinegar with food coloring and use the dropper to write the characters.
Quick Tip: If you do decide to go the baking soda and colored vinegar route, make sure you do it in an environment where you don’t mind getting messy. Actually, if you do any of this activity, make sure you’re ok with it getting messy!