Even though my children are very young, I always look for authentic writing activities to enrich their development.
A few weeks ago, our garbage collector told us he would be taking a new route. This wonderful man has brought my boys so much joy each week. He always stops to give the boys high fives. He puts on an extra show with all the moving parts of the truck so that my boys can ooh and ahh. He’s even brought them coloring books, hats and miniature garbage trucks. No big surprise that he will truly be missed!
So, we decided we would show him our gratitude for his weekly kindness by making him a big poster and baking him a batch of cookies!
Gratitude and Writing Activities for Kids
It seemed appropriate that we should make him “Everything But the Kitchen Sink Cookies”! We tried the recipe for kitchen sink cookies from The Curvy Carrot and they turned out great.
Cooking and baking with kids is a great way to develop literacy, math and science skills. My 2 year-old has a regular spot where he loves to sit and participate in the action.
He even got to develop his hand strength by squeezing the scoop of dough onto the tray. A great exercise that will help develop the fine motor skills needed to write!
I put the finished cookies in a plastic container and attached a silver paper “trash can” to the front and wrote:
We “refuse” to forget you!
We also included a few packs of hand sanitizing wipes in case he wanted to snack right away!
The Gratitude Writing Activity
On a large sheet of white paper I drew the outline of a garbage truck. My boys added the wheels which provided great practice drawing circles for my oldest son. They also added their own personal touches.
Each of them wrote their name. You can’t really tell in the picture because they are both in the scribbling stage. But, it’s important for them to “write”.
I added a message that the driver would be able to read. While I was writing I spelled each word to help with letter recognition for the boys.
For extra literacy practice, we cut out letters from papers and advertisements from the recycling bin. The boys named each letter and then glued the “trash” onto the truck.
There you have it. An activity to show gratitude, develop literacy skills and practice baking skills!
What ideas do you have for creating authentic writing activities for kids? Please share your ideas in the comments below.