This activity is great for post-holiday boredom or an end of month/year review. Kids can have fun reliving their adventures and sharing them with others in the form of a newsletter. Your kids will be honing their design and language skills, as well as creating a piece of family memorabilia. Include guest articles from other members of your household and get everyone involved!
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Include as much variety as you can in your newsletter with photos and articles. Do you have space for a 'Joke of the Month’ or a home-made word search? Or you could include a poem - see our ‘Write a Poem’ activity for ideas.
Choose a title for your newsletter based on the audience. Is this a gift from your family to your extended family, or is it a general newsletter about what is going on in your house? The title could simply be your surname or house name followed by ‘News’. Include an issue number and the date.
Decide if you’re designing your newsletter by hand or using a computer. If you’re creating it by hand, you’ll need a ruler to box off the heading and to draw two columns down the page for your stories. If you’re using a computer, you can find lots of templates in Microsoft Word or on the internet.
Include photos and drawings. You may want to leave a space for these before starting to write, so you know how much room you have.
Include stories about things your child has done recently, trips you’ve been on, or anything they’ve achieved at school. Do you have any thank you messages, or upcoming birthdays and dates for the diary? Is there a family event or gathering coming up that you want to talk about next time? Add the date and then you can write a story about it in the next issue.