Ah, the comma. Along with the period, they are the backbone of separating words into organized, easily understandable phrases for your reading pleasure. Or they help create really long run-on sentences. The goal, though, is to help people communicate clearly in written language.
The “Oxford comma” has been controversial for some time. This is the last comma in a series of commas and used directly before a conjunction like “and” or “or”. Shorter writings like newspaper and magazine articles tend to not use the Oxford comma while longer narratives, like books, do. Though you have some diehards for and against, so be careful with whom you discuss it! No matter which way you lean, one thing is for certain – when you decide to use or not use the Oxford comma, you need to stay consistent. No flip-flopping here, people!
Commas vary in shape depending on the font you use. This can result in some pretty creative, imaginative drawing! Find a comma in a font you like and print or draw it on a piece of paper a few times. Then sit with your kids and ask them what they see! Then help them draw out what their imagination has revealed to them! There are examples below. You can also try creating new shapes with multiple commas by overlapping them and/or creating designs. The creative possibilities are endless!