We most certainly live in a digital world, evidenced by the tech that surrounds us … and that most preschool kids can use tablets and phones perhaps better than the adults. My kids were zooming on devices at an age that shocked me; I still recall my oldest sitting down at a laptop for the first time and using a mouse with ease, no instruction required.
Hey! You’re even reading this on my blog, and not flipping through pages of a book.
It’s been a proven fact that penmanship is in great peril. As the world becomes more and more digital, the importance of handwriting, especially for school-aged children, is a hot topic of discussion. While have access to and a great need for electronics, we cannot let handwriting go to the wayside. It’s very much critical to a child’s education and development, and plays a vital role in helping children build confidence, creativity, critical thinking and fine-motor skills.
Before I discussed a great initiative by BIC, and in case you need a refresher; they are rallying Canadians to take the Fight For Your Write Pledge to help save hand writing! It goal is to educate everyone about the importance of writing by hand; and provide parents and educators with information and activities that encourage and inspire writing.
There are many ways to encourage handwriting for our young generation, and one way to to make handwriting as fun as can be. What’s more fun than a party?!
Recently we hosted a BIC Fight For Your Write Creativity Party for some friends and their children.
Armed with plenty of great BIC writing supplies, the goal was to turn focus from digital devices – to pen and paper.
Instead of telling our guests what to write using BIC products, I instead let them choose since creativity is best harnessed without limits. It didn’t take any thinking at all before the mechanical pencils and assortment of ink products were busy moving along the pages.
One made up a story, another a song. One listed all the things she’s thankful for, still on the mind after a heartwarming Thankgiving. Another jotted down a recipe for another, after having just had a discussion on an amazing pie that was served last weekend. Another wrote a journal of her day.
Each pad of paper held thought, emotion and creativity – the good old fashioned way.
I do believe having the provided tools were a huge part of the fun that day, everyone was studying packages and commenting on how great they were. Adults admired the Stylus + Pen and all the options in ink pens. Kids went crazy over the coloured HB pencils and fancy look of the mechanical pencils.
The 4 Colour pens brought on ‘when I was a kid’ stories from adults to kids, which only enticed everyone to write more.
Each guest left with bellies full, hands and minds exercised, smiles aplenty and treat bag in hand. I picked up some monogrammed journals and coil notebooks for everyone that came – along with so much BIC products – to keep the creativity flowing even after the party ended.
Thanks to BIC, a school in our city of my choosing was given a huge donation of writing supplies – after hosting our creativity party and seeing the how into the products my guests were, I know that the kids at this school will be just as inspired to write.
Since our BIC Fight For Your Write Creativity Party my own kids have been filling their notebooks daily, I’m happy to see them writing so often.
To encourage writing for yourself, just get creative! Get a few new BIC writing products, make it fun, and just write whatever comes to mind! The brand has writing instruments for all ages, even ones to help the youngest of writers to learn.
As well, don’t forget to head on over to www.BICFightForYourWrite.ca and sign the pledge to join the fight to save hand writing.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post and program, all opinions are my own.