Today we are going to combine a writing and a reading activity to make one meaningful experience.
If you read the post “Tracing Stamps” this is an extension activity of that article. If you haven’t read it, don’t miss out~see what it’s all about 🙂
If you don’t have stamps, or the money to buy these stamps, you can just as easily download the “trace font for kids” for free (click on my link or type it into google), then you will just type the words that your little one will trace into a word document. Or, you can even make your own dot-to-dot letters for your little one to trace if you are feeling super frugal!
This activity is a book that I made with my friend’s children. It is a “My Family” book about the people most important to your little one.
1. Took 3 pieces of paper (you may need more if you have several family members), stacked them on top of each other, and folded them in half; stapling them on the folded edge.
2. Asked the little ones to help me find the letters to stamp and trace the book’s title, “My Family” as well as each member of the family on the corresponding pages. As a side note, allow them to include pets if they consider them family. 🙂
3. Helped the little ones draw a picture of each person or pet. Read the “Drawing a Person” post for tips and pointers.
4. Read the finished product to the “author” of this book, and then asked them to read it back to me.
This activity is a great way to practice fine motor skills, writing meaninful words, practice drawing, practice sounding out words (if you accomodate the activity for that purpose), practice finding letters from the stamp collection (letter identification), practice directionalilty (placing the letters in order from left to right on the page), and practice letter formation.
As always, have fun!