Writing in the Air

Big body movements are a fun way to do writing and help your child remember the shapes of letters, numbers and more!

LET’S GO!

What you need:

  • Piece of ribbon or string about 2 feet/60 centimetres in length
  • Wand (popsicle stick, twig, pencil, pen—whatever you have)
  • Masking or scotch tape

What to do:

  1. Tape one end of the ribbon or string to one end of the wand
  2. Let the other end of the string or ribbon hang free
  3. Wave the stick around so the ribbon or string follows it in the air

DO IT TOGETHER!

Help your child make their tracing wand. If you want, you can make one for yourself too.

Have your child try waving the tracing wand to make the shapes of letters or numbers. They may even want to try to spell out their name or phone number!

Have some fun with it by pretending to be magicians or fairies while you write in the air.

WHY?

Giving your child different ways to write makes it more interesting and fun to try. Air tracing is a physical activity that will help them practice the shapes of letters or numbers and remember what those shapes feel like.

To get over 120 of the best activities to do with your children to boost and build key literacy skills from birth to 5 years, download the Centre for Family Literacy’s FREE Flit app (Families Learning and Interacting Together).

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Message from our Co-Executive Directors


 

 

UPDATED March 31, 2020:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre for Family Literacy is taking precautionary measures to do our part in slowing the spread of the disease. We are suspending all in-person programming and closing our office until further notice.

Our staff will be working remotely, emails will be answered, but it may take longer to respond to phone calls. We would recommend email as the most efficient way to connect with us. If you have general questions, please email info@famlit.ca.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing issue, and we recommend staying informed about developments. Please refer to information from Alberta Health Services, and City of Edmonton for local updates. The Government of Canada for national updates.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Kim Chung, Co-Executive Director, Programming & Training

Donna Lemieux, Co-Executive Director, Development & Community Engagement

 

Popsicle Puppets

Making puppets together to help act out a story is fun and a great way for your child to understand the story even more!

LET’S GO!

What you need:

  • Thick paper (construction or card stock)
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue/tape
  1. Draw and colour the characters from your favourite book
  2. Cut them out
  3. Glue the popsicle stick to the back of the characters

DO IT TOGETHER

Draw the characters of the story you’ve chosen together. Don’t worry if they don’t look exactly like they do in the book.

Help your child use the scissors to cut out the drawings. Glue or tape the characters to the popsicle sticks.

Optional: add yarn for hair and buttons for eyes.

If using glue let it dry, then use the puppets to act out the story.

You can set it up like a puppet show, with the puppets performing on the back of the couch or chair while you hide behind, or just have the characters with you as you read the story.

WHY?

Books can provide the starting point for other fun activities that take the story further, such as acting it out. Puppets are a quick way to bring some of the characters to life.

To get over 120 of the best activities to do with your children to boost and build key literacy skills from birth to 5 years, download the Centre for Family Literacy’s FREE Flit app (Families Learning and Interacting Together).

Click here for the iOS version.

Click here to download the Android version.