This is a writing activity that can be done when sitting down in a restaurant or park. Using the sky as your canvas, in this activity, one person writes letters and words in the air while another guesses what the letter or word is.
Objective(s) of activity:
The objective is to practice writing. Since the child will not be able to see what is actually written (as the writing is done in the air), the child will become familiar with the lines and curves associated with the English letters.
Targeted age group:
Children from the ages 5 to 8 are perfect for this activity as this activity provides much needed practice for kids who are in the process of learning how to write.
Number of participants:
One child is sufficient for this activity. If there is more than one child, you can ask one of them to be the writer as the others guess what was written.
It is best if both the guesser and the writer are sitting facing the same direction. This is because certain letters look different when seen from the other side.
Eg. ‘b’ looks like ‘d’ and vice versa.
Ask your child to write a letter in the air and the other person has to guess what letter was just written. You should make sure that the writing is slow and methodical. This ensures that the child really practices writing the letters properly.
You can switch it up between uppercase and lowercase letters.
Once letters are easy to guess, you should move on to 2 or 3 letter words and then to longer words.
If your child becomes really proficient at this activity and is interested, you can even move on to short sentences.
If your child has difficulty determining what the letters that you write are, you can make it slightly easier by writing the letters on the back of your child’s hands or their palms.
You can then optionally ask your child to cover her eyes so that she can try and guess the letters and words going off just feeling.
Notes for scaling up/ down difficulty:
Short sentences are probably as difficult as you should make this activity.
If your child has difficulty guessing what the word/ sentence is, you can give clues as to the what the word/ sentence is.
Eg. You can say that the word has to be from the category of ‘Superheroes’ or ‘Food’.
This will give your child an additional way of determining what the word/ sentence is.
If you are forming words, you can let the child know how many letters the word has and let the child guess each letter as you complete it.
Let me know in the comments what is the longest word or phrase your child was able to write or decipher.