Have you done a write the room activity with your kids before? It can be super fun! Write the room activities are an excellent way to strengthen vocabulary skills. It is an engaging activity that involves more than just writing or reciting words over and over. This is also a fantastic preschool activity to strengthen handwriting skills. Also, although this activity does use a ‘worksheet’, it is way more than that! It’s perfect for cold or rainy days when you are stuck with indoor recess and the kids have EXTRA energy.
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Fruit Theme Writing Activity for Preschool
We really enjoy doing write the room activities not only for all of the handwriting benefits, but because it gets kids moving.
If you don’t have the space for the kids to get up and walk around the room, you can also set the cards up at your writing center.
Once the kids have finished the recording page, the fruit word cards make great word prompts for journaling.
Preschool journals, of course, do not resemble the journals that you and I have. Preschool journals focus more on beginning writing skills of drawing, imitating letters, and using inventive spelling.
Don’t focus on spelling or even correct letter formation with preschool journaling. The goal is to let them express what they have learned and understand. And to learn that writing can be a fun way of expressing their ideas.Quick tip: Preschool journaling is a great way to assess where your kids are with their academic skills, so that you can see where they need support or a challenge.
You could also laminate the recording sheets and have students write with dry erase or wet erase markers. If not, pencil on paper is fine too. If you don’t want to laminate the recording sheet, but you do want to use it for multiple children, you can slide it into one of these write and wipe page protectors.
I love to use them for quick activities when I don’t have time for laminating or I’m not sure that the activity is a “keeper” long-term. This is especially great with special needs kiddos because it can be hard to know if a specific activity format will be engaging for them.
Using a write and wipe page protector is a fast way to be able to try multiple activities without committing to the time and effort of laminating.
Of course, I do love my laminator and I can come up with ALL sorts of excuses on why I need to use it…
Using the Fruit Writing Activity
I take the word cards and tape them around the room in various places.
Challenge the kids to move their bodies even more with the placement of the cards.
My youngest daughter is working on eye focus and actually looking at things for more than 1/2 second, so for her, I like to place them above her head on the wall, down at the baseboards, or in a space where she needs to lean over and look at the word cards.
Make it even more fun by turning the activity upside down and placing the cards underneath tables and desks. There are so many movement skills needed to climb under the desk, lay down, focus their eyes, write, color and get back out from under the desk.
While it seems like a simple activity for us as adults (or maybe not because climbing under a desk would certainly be a challenge for me at this point…lol!), it take a lot of motor planning for kids.
You know your kids the best, what would both challenge them and make this activity super fun? Step out of the box a little with this writing activity and try something new.
Low-Prep Writing Activity for Preschoolers
Each child will walk around as they wish, around the room looking for the word cards. When they find one, they’ll probably let you know (“I FOUND ONE!!!”) and then write the word on their recording sheet. They will repeat until all of the words are written down.
It is that simple.
A writing activity that will take you five minutes to set up, but will keep the kids occupied much longer than that. And may even wear them out a bit!
And honestly, I’m totally against activities that take more than a couple minutes to set up. Even the sensory bins that we use on a regular basis only take a few minutes to set up. But the fun can last for days as the kids return to the bin to explore it in new ways.
Extend The Activity
- Have the kids help you fix a fruit salad for snack time.
- Use some of our engaging fruit themed math printables for a math and literacy combination.
- Use engaging books to extend the activity even further.
Our Favorite Fruit Theme Books:
We can’t live without these!
Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging books:
Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet)Fruit BowlEating the AlphabetEat Your Colors (Rookie Toddler)Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables (Discover Together Guides)