When your child first starts to mark make or write, it is the beginnings of a journey that sees them gradually make sense of their world, solve problems and record their feelings and observations.
School has traditionally been the place where children 'learn to write' but, as a parent or carer, you can play an important part in providing stimulating and exciting early writing opportunities.
How CBeebies can help
Writing needs a purpose and what better reason can there be for writing than having a party?!
Pop along to the Big Cook Little Cook web pages and find all you need to get ready for a special picnic party. You and your child can design and write party invitations, write the yummy things to go on the menu and even write table place names for the guests.
How to make a magic moment
Ahoy there mateys! Why not introduce a pirate theme to stimulate some writing with your child?
You could draw and label a treasure map (try staining it with cold, black tea for that authentic look), draw a wanted poster for a naughty pirate and have a go at writing his or her name on it. You could even think of some clues to write together to help find the missing treasure and set up a treasure hunt around the house.
Maybe the treasure could be a pile of golden coins (chocolate money always goes down a treat) or add some pirate themed stationery to entice your child to try even more writing!