As an educator one of my favorite parts of teaching is watching a child become excited about reading and writing. The ability to put your thoughts on paper or recognize words in print is magical. Here are my Favorite Kid Gifts for Little Readers and Writers.
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FAVORITE MATERIALS FOR LITTLE READERS AND WRITERS
Young authors will delight in receiving their very own blank books perfect for filling up with imaginative stories or non-fiction.
COLORFUL GEL PENS
BOOK MAKING SUPPLIES
We love the ease of the blank books, but it is also fun to make your own books. Having a few simple office supplies in your writing area will make it more fun. A stapler, hole puncher and colored masking tape are great choices.
I adored fun stationary sets as a child. Writing letters to friends and family is a great way to teach via real life experiences. Plus, how fun is it to receive mail? (yes, WAY more fun than an email these days!)
We always have a stack of colorful paper next to our plain white paper. Sometimes the excitement of a new color sparks some great imaginative stories.
I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t have fun exploring scented markers! We love creating delicious smelling stories!
FAVORITE GAMES FOR LITTLE READERS AND WRITERS
Hands down, my favorite game for home and classroom use is Zingo. If you are going to buy one game this is the one I recommend.
HedBanz is such a fun game that is perfect for teaching pictures to print names as well as expanding vocabulary using descriptive words.
Scattergories is my favorite game for older children and adults. We love playing this as a family. Emergent readers and writers can play as a team with an adult and still have fun!
Boggle Junior is the perfect game for young preschoolers just starting to explore letters and words.
FAVORITE WRITING AND READING THEMED BOOKS
DEAR MR. BLUEBERRY
JOLLY MR. POSTMAN
The Jolly Postman is a classic. Children will delight in getting to read real letters from the envelopes addressed to some familiar friends.
THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT
The Day the Crayons Quit is one of my favorite newer books and another one told almost entirely through letters. Pair this book with a brand new box of crayons and a huge stack of colorful paper for a gift that is sure to delight!
THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES
I couldn’t have a gift guide for little readers and writers without The Book with No Pictures. Through humor and creativity this book shows that a Book With No Pictures can still be filled with fun. Pair this book with a stack of blank books and these flair pens.