I love making writing centers because not only does my daughter love them and play with them with her neighborhood bestie but my students like them too. Children do not need to be formally writing to explore wth a writing center ; they can be at any stage of development from making marks to writing in beautiful cursive. This Thanksgiving writing center is stocked with place cards and Thanksgiving greeting cards for children to use to help set the table and write a little note to someone special. Giving children an option of writing something completely functional or something a little more creative teaches them that writing has multiple uses.
I have the free printable place cards for you here– just click on the image for the free download, print, cut out and fold.
And the free printable Thanksgiving cards here:
For the writing center, I included envelopes, the printed out and folded cards and place cards, pencils, colored pencils, some envelopes, washi tape, stickers, and eraser and pencil sharpener.
They got down to business immediately.
As you can see no matter what stage of writing development your kids are at the center and printables are a hit.
As are the stickers and washi tape, which aren’t JUST there to be pretty. Peeling the stickers off and placing and ripping the washi tape are all good for fine motor development. They are pretty too.
The place cards were also a hit. Wondering why I let her spell Daddy incorrectly? Read more about invented spelling here!
I am going to leave this out for a few more days – printing out more place cards and cards if need be. Remember that writing is the other half of the literacy puzzle and offering your children opportunities to write for function and fun is important.