In today’s digital age, with text messages, emails and social media as part of our everyday lives, it can be easy to forget about the traditional written word. Being able to read and write is such a valuable skill for children to learn. In fact, according to a recent survey by YouGov for #NationalStationeryWeek, 92% of adults think that being able to write by hand is important.

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National Stationery Week is set to encourage us all, especially children, to take the time to put pen to paper. Children love stationery, and we have a great selection of products that can help keep the passion for handwriting alive!

For those just starting to write, the First Writing Book is perfect for pre-school children to get to grips with their letters and words. While for children aged 5 and over, the Handwriting Book is 32 colourful pages of activities to support Key Stage 1 learning. Both books have reward stickers, magical characters and fun activities. The Galt Triangular Pencils are  easy for little hands to grip, and help children learn how to correctly hold a pencil from an early age.

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The Water Magic ABC and Water Magic 123 sets are also a fun way to develop writing skills and learn the alphabet. The six reusable boards allow children to use the water pen to form the numbers 1 to 20 or letters of the alphabet by following the dotted lines. The letters or numbers will appear when drawn on, then later disappear for use time and time again!

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Become the next ‘Bard of Britain’

Throughout 2016, special events are taking place throughout Britain to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, perhaps one of the most influential writers of all time. It’s a great excuse to rediscover the joys of writing with your little ones, so if you think your child could be the next ‘Bard of Britain’ here are a few ideas of how to get them excited about putting pen to paper.

Practice with a Pen Pal

Having a Pen Pal is the easiest way to practice letter writing. If you have friends or relatives living in a different part of the UK or even abroad, why not ask if their children would like to be your little one’s pen pal? It’s a great way to make lifelong friendships and for them to learn about other places and cultures.

Creative Writing

Storytelling doesn’t always mean writing a plot with a beginning, a middle and an end. Creative writing can be much less structured and is great for practising writing skills, as well as imagination. One fun activity is to ask your child to describe a friend, pet or family member in detail using descriptive words. They can write about how the person or animal looks, as well as their individual personality traits.

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Capturing Memories

Keeping a daily or even weekly diary is a great way for children to record thoughts, feelings and memories. A journal doesn’t have to be a personal diary, why not start by writing a nature diary – a log of how the garden is changing through the seasons and the wildlife you’ve spotted while out and about?

Use Your Hands

 Writing doesn’t have to involve pencils or crayons, using your fingers to write with finger-paints can help develop the strength that is needed to eventually be able to grasp a pencil or crayon later on. Salt and sand trays are also a fun medium for children to practice with. You could even put splodges of different coloured paint in a clear zip lock bag and encourage little ones to write letters and words in the paint with their fingers – it’s reusable, fun and leaves no mess!

Art Attack!

Let your child embellish and illustrate their stories using stickers and drawings, or switch it round by asking them to write a few sentences about a drawing they have done recently. Building on their artistic talents and story writing skills at the same time!

Does your child love to write? Let us know what fun activities you do to improve your handwriting and writing skills by tweeting us @GaltToys or posting on our Facebook page.

Posted in Childhood Development