15 Fun Writing Activities For Kids

15 writing activities for kidsTeaching kids how to write doesn’t have to be all about repetition. There is absolutely a time and a place for that while learning to form specific letters but these writing activities are less structured, more creative and a good compliment to the drill that comes with learning to write.  Some of these activities are drawing which is often the key to making practice fun . Let them draw , encourage them to draw and provide tools for them to draw as much as possible. Many kids who aren’t fans of writing aren’t as unhappy with drawing so use that as your door to making them love writing too.

Letter Rainbowing
Dry Erase Mazes
Count & Write Fire Trucks
Mini Chalkboards
Name Bugs
Kid Designed Valentine’s
Write and Trace Place Mats
Sandpaper Letter Tracing
Counting Around The House
Fill In The Blank Stories
Art Cards
Journal Writing For Pre-Writers
Heart Chalk Boards
Dry Erase Doodle Mats
Catalog Drawing Prompts

For more writing ideas do not miss our Reading & Writing Readiness board on Pinterest. Along with other bloggers I share my favorite reading and writing ideas from all around the web.

11 Farm Themed Crafts & Activities

farm themed crafts and activities for kidsWe are headed to Texas soon and when we go down to Texas to visit my husband’s family we always take a trip to see “Bub’s Farm” which is really my father in laws small herd of cattle. My kids love it. So with farm on the brain I thought I would share our favorite farm themed crafts and activities for kids with you today.

Paper Plate Pig
Farm Sensory Tub
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Gardening For Letters
Sheep Craft
Egg Drop
Handprint Hen Craft
Turkey Feather Hunt
Pig Nose Play Prop
Animal Habitat Sort
Shape Scarecrow

21 books about farm animals

There are so many fantastic books about farms and the animals that live on them but we narrowed it down to 21 reviews so you can find the right ones for your little farmers. Check them out here.

Letter Recognition Activities For Kids

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Learning  letters is more than just being able to recognize them on a page and these playful activities are all fun ways to practice letter recognition. No matter your child’s ability you can use these activities for introducing or mastering letter recognition. A great place to start with the letters in your child’s first name. While I taught uppercase letters first as a teacher I really feel like the best way to teach is to do upper and lowercase concurrently. Try your hardest not to quiz or drill your child for facts and instead make it fun and meaningful.

Build With Letters
Font Collages
Magic Letters
Move & Groove Letter Game
Letter Snowman
Leaf Matching Puzzles
Letter Memory Game
Letter Monsters
Disappearing Letters
Sparkly Alphabet
Custom Letter Magnets
Gardening For Letters
Letter Sorting Tree

Halloween Math Activities for Kids

halloween crafts for kids These Halloween math activities for kids are a great way to add some extra learning to your day or for a class Halloween party. Math is a challenge for so many kids but if we can make it fun now before the challenge is too great then we can lay a positive foundation down to build upon for years to come.

Count & Fill Frankensteins
Halloween Graphing
Spider Counting Game from Loving My Nest
Candy Corn Counting
Haunted House Math
Halloween Patterns
Marshmallow Counting and Ghost Craft

 

Duck Puppet Craft & Song

by Kim

 

This is a super quick craft that leads to a lot of fun and playing.

I don’t have a photo of the supplies, because we started off with the idea of making it one way and then had to revise our plans as we made our puppet.

You will need a macaroni and cheese box, orange construction paper, scissors, and tape. That’s it.

We started off trying to paint our box with trim roller.

As you can see, it didn’t turn out very well.

Onto how it was actually successful. ;)

Go ahead and cut your box in the middle, but leave one of the large side uncut. Like above.

Now you can have your children help you wrap the construction paper around each half.

We taped ours up like a present. The kids had a great time putting the tape on.

Now fold the box and your children have an instant puppet.

We added some eyes at the last minute, too. Drawn on regular paper with a marker and my daughter cut out.

Here is a fun duck song that my children LOVE to sing around the house and in the car. We tried to record them singing it with me, but it was totally crazy and you couldn’t understand a word of it. That is what happens when a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old all start singing together. But you know how that is. :)

Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.