Here are some fun activities to get your child ready to write and to practice writing:
- Using scissors (It's okay if your child can't cut on a line at first)
- Coloring, scribbling, painting, and drawing
- Writing with an adult. For example, help your child create a play grocery list when you write yours.
- Playing with play dough or clay
- Tracing letters in sand, rice, shaving cream, etc.
- Stringing beads or pasta
- Singing and doing fingerplays like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or “Where Is Thumbkin?”
- Stamping paper with rubber stamps
- Opening and closing twist-top jars or bottles
- Building with interlocking blocks such as Legos
- Picking up small objects like Cheerios (Note: Always be careful of choking hazards.)
- Manipulating paper — folding, tearing, wadding it into balls
- Doing puzzles
- Using spray bottles or squirt toys in the bathtub
- Finger painting in the bathtub
- Writing/drawing on vertical surfaces (easels, paper on walls, etc.) helps children position their hands better
Guest post by Allison C.