My daughter is in fourth grade and learned cursive this year. She loves writing in cursive and has been experimenting with various fonts. While some educators view writing in general and cursive in particular as a “waste of time” since everything is done online these days, I believe that when you write there’s an undeniable connection to the brain that cannot happen with typing. I’m happy my daughter is having fun so I’m a big supporter of her and found some really great books that help her cultivate this hobby. 3 Fun Workbooks to Inspire Creativity in Kids
Hand Lettering A to Z, A World of Creative Ideas for Writing and Designing Alphabets by Abbey Sy, $15.17
This book is great for teaching how to create letters in various shapes, styles, and fonts. The workbook walks you through a large variety of styles with colorful pictures and detailed instructions. You don’t have to be a particularly good artist or have great penmanship to be able to create the fonts, all you need is patience. There are also several projects to make, such as creating an art journal or a notebook cover. My daughter was naturally drawn to the script writing and had fun trying out the script font. This is great for making posters, handmade cards and even simply writing in a journal.
Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share by Lacy Mucklow and Bethany Robertson, $9.10
Communicating with kids is not always easy. Although I make a point of asking my kids about their day, I know there’s a lot of things that fall through the cracks that I would not only like to know about, but that are also crucial in order to learn more about kids and their lives. This book contains 50 journaling activities that are meant to be done side by side, parent, and child. Although it has the word “mom” in the title, dads and grandparents can join in on the fun and learn to communicate through art. Lacy Mucklow is a licensed art therapist and came up with a variety of prompts, such as drawing a memory of a day in your life when you experienced something you will never forget, or drawing a place where you would most like to be right now.
The Art of Drawing Dangles: Creating Decorative Letters and Art With Charms by Olivia A. Kneibler, $9.24
Who doesn’t love to doodle? Now you can up your game by learning how to add sophisticated embellishments to the letters of the alphabet, plus create charms, dangles, even mandalas to decorate hand-written notes or create artwork for framing. There are 50 projects, such as decorating gift tags, creating a bookmark, or simply embellishing a letter of the alphabet.
I was not compensated for this post. I received samples.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 10, 8 and 4) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier. S
ellen beck says
Workbooks that are fun keep skills sharp. You can teach and learn in so many ways. I am glad she is learning cursive, many schools have been talking about phasing it out!
Sara Zielinski says
These look like great workbooks.