Valentine’s Day is soon approaching!
What to do?
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to send messages of love and care to special ones around us. Card making is a great outlet for children to express themselves through art, whilst the process of it also allows children to practise following through a plan, problem solving and making decisions. In addition, it is an excellent opportunity for children to practise their writing skills and phonetic awareness whilst writing a message inside.
Whilst there are many ways to create cards, crayon resist cards are sure to spark curiosity and creativity in children. You will need white card, white crayons, watercolours, paintbrushes and markers to make a crayon resist card. If you do not have crayons and/or water colour paints then pencils, pens, paint, glitter glue, or any other material can be used to make a normal card.
Allow your child to make their own decisions and be creative with it! Discuss with them special messages or phrases they might write to someone they love (e.g. “I love you because…”, “Thank you for…”). Encourage your child to write the name of the person it is addressed to and sign their name (e.g. “To: Auntie, Love Jane”). Rather than writing down phrases for your child to copy inside, encourage them to use their phonics to sound out what they want to write.
For an even more special challenge for your child, take them to the post office and post it to family members and friends!
Every activity we do at Avendale is purposefully designed with developmentally appropriate learning outcomes in mind. Creating Valentine’s Day cards assists children’s learning in these areas:
- Literacy: phonetic awareness, sentence structure
- Language and communication: vocabulary development, communicate ideas, planning, problem solving
- Fine motor: pencil grip, letter formation, hand eye coordination
- Social skills: share feelings of love and empathy for others
- Creative arts: self expression, decision making
Discuss with your child
Asking your child questions encourages them to think and engage in deeper learning. For instance, you could ask them:
- Who do you love?
- Why do you love them?
- What do you love about them?
- How might we show someone we love them?
- What might we say to people that we love?
- Who is the card for? What can we write inside?
- What might happen when we mix these colours together?
Children aged 5 years old are capable of creating amazing art and voicing heart warming messages. Help your child with aspects of the card if they ask for help (e.g. writing phrases) - this allows you to collaborate with them whilst still letting them take the lead and retain ownership of the process. Remember, children’s writing skills are rudimentary at this age - encourage your child in their efforts and accept that they may not yet be the worlds best author or graphic designer.