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Activities to support writing

Starry Eyed Stan

What can you see at Starry Eyed Stan's Rock Pool Concert 

Can you see any sea creatures you know? 

Have a go at naming and sounding the creatures you know of. You might want to draw a 's' for sand and a 'w' for water. Don't worry if you can't do it yet thats what we learn in reception. If you can hear the sounds that will be fantastic.

Beach holiday - we are going to pretend we are going on a holiday to the beach and we have to pack our suitcase. Can you cut and stick the items into your suitcase. What will you pack? What sounds do the objects begin with?

Writing a menu for your ice cream shop

Can you draw all the different flavours of ice cream you might find in your ice cream shop on a menu sign that can go next to the shop.

You may want to have a go with your adult at telling them the initial sound of the flavour and they could help you have a go at writing it on your menu. i.e. 's' for strawberry. 


Look at the picture below 

It’s a pirate lunch! Can you name all the ingredients that are on the plate? What sounds do they begin with? 
Can you design and make a pirate lunch? What foods would you put on yours? 
Sound out the names of the foods I.e h-a-m , b-r-ea-d. This will help your child start to get used to listening for the sounds in words and then help with writing them once they begin to form letters.


Commotion in the Ocean - The Shark

Still image for this video

The Shark

Can you draw me a picture of what you think a shark looks like? You could do this on paper or on purple mash. There is an app called 2 create a story which is a part of purple mash which you can get for iPhone or Android . Can you make a picture of your very own shark in there and give him a name? My sharks name was Bruce and I told my little girls an interesting story about what he got up to with his friends in the Ocean. They told me he ended up visiting an underwater kelp forest and gobbled up some fish, they drew me some pictures of this on 2 animate another purple mash program. (Whichever program you choose to use is fine however 2 create a story is simpler).

Making a Phonics sensory bottle

If you have lots of miniature objects lying round the house like kids magazine toys, get yourself a medium sized bottle and fill it with the toys. Add rice / lentils of a colour of your choice. Tape up the lid of the bottle to stop your little one pouring the rice everywhere. Ask your child to shake the bottle - what can they see? If they can see a dinosaur - ask them what sound does dinosaur begin with? This will help them to identify initial sounds in words a key skill for writing. 

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. Children's read-aloud story with illustrations.

Week 4 - The Snail and the Whale 

This week we will be investigating the story of 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. Watch the video with your child and talk about where the snail lives. What sound does snail begin with? Can they hear the 's' in snail? 

Which sound does 'whale' begin with can you hear the 'w' in whale. 

Can you take a paintbrush and a jar of water outside and trace these letters. Alternatively use chunky chalks. 

Draw a picture of the Whale from 'The Snail and the Whale'. 

Look at the pictures of whales in the powerpoint or online and try and draw a picture of a whale. What colours will you use? How big is your whale? Where does he live? Does he have a name?

Painting the Snail

Why not have a go at painting the snail. What colours will your snail be? What does he have on his back. The other day I went for a walk in the rain and I found a snail with a golden shell. What colour is the shell on your snail. What colours do you need to mix to make brown? 

Week 3 

Making a writing gel pack. 
These are really easy to make but the secret is not to put too much gel in. 
You will need hair gel preferably coloured,

glitter (optional) 

cotton buds 

a plastic wallet that can be sealed either with a zip and gaffa tape / sellotape to stop the gel leaking out. 
Put the gel into the wallet flatten and seal. Test by using a cotton bud to write with. You should be able to see the line you have traced for at least a few seconds - it may even stay there. 
Seal the pack when you are happy - you can add glitter if you have it. 
Practise forming letters and numerals with your child or drawing pictures.

Letter formation - lower case 

Below is a letter formation sheet for lower case letters in case you would like to try and start forming some with your child. You can put this in a plastic wallet and use a dry wipe marker on it. This way it will easily clean off. 

Week 2 - Learning to recognise and write your name

The best way to start helping your child learn their name is by using a tactile approach (playdough/beads) 
Write their name in bubble writing on a sheet of A4 paper. You can cover this in a plastic wallet if you have one or just make another as and when you need. 
Get out your play dough / beads / Lego and show your child how to make their name. 
Let them have a go. Sound out the sounds in their name. 
Always use a capital letter for the first sound even though you might be tempted not to at this early stage. 


The second stage of this is to allow your child to trace the letters in their name with a crayon or felt pen. 
Have fun. 

Sound Splat 

Sound spat is a great way to get your child to hear initial sounds. Print out or draw pictures of objects onto paper for each letter of the alphabet 

a - alligator 

b - baboon 

c - cat 

d - dinosaur 

e - elephant 

f - fish

g - gorilla 

etc ... 

Mix about 8 pictures up and place on the floor. Using a swatter or spatula - say the sound 'g,g,g' - 'Which animal begins with the sound g?' 

Get your child to splat the animal. 

You can do a time trial to see how quickly they can do this and see if they can beat their own time. 

This is the sort of activity you can keep to use again another day. 

You can also try this with the lower case letters however bear in mind your child will not have learned these yet. 

Motor Skills - Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle Part 1

Shonette and the Spread the Happiness Crew demonstrate the first three moves in the Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle teaching method for writing. The full book and...

Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle is a great way to develop early writing skills building on gross motor skills to develop fine motor needed for writing. This technique can be done every day and to your favourite play list and all you need are a pair of ‘flipper flappers’ (two tea towels) or handkerchiefs. You will need to do this with your child. It is great fun and I hope you enjoy it! 

Drawing ‘s’ in the sand

Drawing ‘s’ in the sand , ‘s’ sounds like a slithery snake - can you draw ‘s’ in the sand. How many different things can you find that begin with the sound ‘s’ in your house? 


Hi everybody, what can you spot in this game

of Eye spy. Listen for the sounds at the beginning of the words - what can you hear? Do they match the letter you are looking for? 

Thursday - having a go at tracing letters

As most of you will be moving into reception soon do you want to have a little go at tracing these letters in on the worksheet below. Have you ever heard any of their sounds? Which one is your favourite letter?