Literacy Spot #3: Party Invitations

With Immy’s birthday less than a month away, my thoughts have turned to all things party planning so I thought, why not have party invitations as the focus of the third literacy spot post?  Remember, literacy spot is all about playing around with literacy so here are some ideas for playing with party invitations to get you started…

  • If you have a birthday party or other family celebration coming up, why not involve your child in making the invitations by hand.  A Google search will reveal a whole host of creative ideas for any party theme.
  • As you complete the written details on your party invitations, talk to your child about what you are writing – the names of invitees and party details.  Your child might like to stuff the envelopes and stick on the stamps ready for posting or handing out to friends.
  • Secretly make an invitation inviting your child to a surprise family outing and post it in the mail so that they receive their very own snail mail.  They will love both the excitement of receiving mail addressed to them and the prospect of spending time together as a family.
  • Whilst your child is napping or otherwise engaged, why not set up a tea party, teddy bears picnic or secret pirate rendevous for afternoon tea.  Leave an invitation to the ‘party’ in a location where they are sure to spot it.
  • The mad hatter and his friends had the right idea, celebrating their unbirthdays 364 days of the year.  Why not invite your child to an impromptu mad hatters unbirthday.  Have fun making invitations for each other, decorating hats, icing cupcakes and making party food.

What is Childhood 101′s Literacy Spot? It is a weekly reminder of the importance of young children learning playfully as each week I share one idea for playing around with literacy, taken from my many years working as an early childhood teacher.

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  1. What a great post Christie, I love the idea of having an invitation addressed to my daughter delivered by our much loved postie! My daughter likes to wait for him to come around on his motorbike, I can already imagine her surprise when she receives a letter!

  2. Lots of fun writing invitations 🙂 I also make sure to get my girls involved in thankyou cards after as well

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