What you need:
- pad of paper
- paintbrush or craft sticks
- water or ice cubes
What to do:
- Travel Reporter. Whether you're heading to the beach or the backyard, bring along a pad and markers for your child to record the experience. Remember, her first step in writing is drawing what she sees!
- Water Writing. A refreshing way to write is with a paintbrush and water or an ice cube with a craft stick handle. Your child can make letters, words, and pictures by moving the ice cube along a paved surface. Then, she can watch as her writing dries and disappears.
- Sticks and Stones. Give your child a stick, and the beach or sandbox suddenly becomes a huge writing pad! She'll enjoy drawing and writing in the sand or earth with sticks or stones — and erasing her work before starting all over again.