Aim of the activity
To practice vocabulary. To connect members of families with specific languages.
Preparation for the activity
Paper, pencils or markers.
Children can choose the relative or friend to which the greeting card should be written or drawn. The children decide what to draw and/or write on the card in the language of the relative.
For 0-6: The children are drawing and doing the planing of the accompanying text, the parent could do the writing.
For 6-10: Parents can help to write the text without any mistakes but it is better for the children to make their own mistakes.
Significant benefit of the activity
Writing, also if only minor text, is always about planing and performing. Doing revision work and/or mistakes is necessary for this process and an important step in developing. Revision work and mistakes produce wonderful and productive ways to build progress (see Pinker).
Source of the activity
Multilingual Families Project
This activity is inspired by: Pinker S., 1996, The language instinct: how the
mind creates language, New York: Harper Perennial.