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First Name

Children should start emerging into writing when they have built up the strength and stability in their shoulders, elbows, wrists and within the small muscles of the hands.

Mark-making and sending a letter helps children to:

  • Realise that what you say can be written down
  • Understand that you can write a message to someone who is not there
  • Practise forming letter shapes

Use a sturdy bottomless cardboard box to make a postbox. Cut a slit for the letters with collection days and times on a sheet of paper underneath. Find some old envelopes and address to family and friends and decide what could go inside – a cut out picture, a drawing, a story? This is a great opportunity for children to practise their mark making skills. Empty the box periodically and deliver the letters when you next see the recipients.