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Supporting writing in the early years: Stanley's Stick

Added 31 May 2024 | Updated 14 Jun 24

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Stanley's Stick early years writing resource

Early experiences of writing will have a significant influence on children’s views and feelings about writing as they get older and learn the necessary skills to become successful writers. Children must be supported in their earliest years to develop a positive view of themselves as writers, develop an interest in the purpose of writing, and begin to recognise the power of writing as a tool for communication.

The early years team at the National Literacy Trust have created a dynamic resource to do this in your own setting and help equip you to develop a love of writing in each child, using an everyday object- the stick! This resource will engage their senses and enable them to develop a deeper understanding of the characters, and in turn inspire them to want to draw and write.

Stanley's Stick boy writing in sand

What can you do with a stick?

A stick is an extremely versatile tool. From stirring your tea, creating music, fishing with your best friend, writing in the sand- the list is endless! Inspire your children to develop their imaginations through the activities in this resource, including:

  • Awe inspiring music written by The Northern Chamber Orchestra.
  • Ideas to equip your continuous provision.
  • Handy hints and tips to support your families in their homes and when they are out and about.
  • Book recommendations to use when celebrating drawing and writing.
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