In this day and age of technology your more likely to receive and email or text message then a hand written note. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep the art of handwritten letters alive. This is a great project for rainy days, or weeks as you can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.
The very basics that you need are something to write with and something to write on. For writing implements you can use anything from pencils and pens to fancy calligraphy sets. It will depend on the age of the child and what type of writing you will be doing.
Cards are a simple quick project for any age. Older children can write a heartfelt note or original poem. Younger children can copy a pre-written poem or write a few words. Then allow the child to decorate the front of the card. There are several options for decoration.
- Use markers or crayons to color the front. Glitter glue can be used to further enhance the front.
- Cut shapes out of construction paper and then glue them on top of each other to create a layered effect
- Cut out a simple shape in the center of the front of the card and then glue tissue paper to cover the opening – recommended for older children.
If your child really enjoys writing you can encourage them by having them write short stories. You will want to approach this depending on the age and ability of your child.
Most discount and craft stores sell lined paper designed for use with beginning writers. It has a large blank space at the top and writing lines at the bottom. This is great for young children because they can write one or two sentences and then illustrate the sentence at the top of the page. The illustration can be done of the same day or saved for another day.
Once your child is older and has a good grasp on writing then you can move up to regular lined paper and then allow them to take photos or draw pictures to illustrate the story. Once the story is finished you have several options.
We are all familiar with the yarn through the punched holes technique for binding the pages of a child’s story. This is a great way to keep the book together for a short time, but if you want something that your child can share – or just want to further encourage them – then look to self publishing sites like Blurb and Lulu. These will allow you to purchase copies of the books one at a time for reasonable prices.
And what is more encouraging than seeing your work in print?