Typically, parents will think of writing as something that isn’t achievable for preschoolers. After all, it’s hard to write when you can’t yet recognise letters or spell words. However, the foundations of writing actually begins early on – from colouring in to crayon scribbles!
Simple ways to encourage your child’s writing skills
- Encourage your little one to draw as much as possible by stocking their craft bin with a variety of writing tools such as crayons, chalk and markers
- To strengthen hand muscles from a young age, tasks like cutting with scissors and manipulating blocks, and other small toys are great
- Practice making letters with Playdough – this is a fun exercise to help your child strengthen their fine motor skills and also learn how to form letters
Here is an activity for you to do at home with your preschooler
Trace the alphabetTeaching children to write doesn’t always require a pencil or other writing tool. Using paint and homemade paint brushes is a fun alternative to learning how to write. Besides, creativity and craft is such a huge part of learning! What you’ll need
- Cotton swab
- Permanent marker or texta
- Write the letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper
- Set up a paint tray and add a little dab onto the cotton swab to show your toddler how the activity works
- Then, trace the letters on the paper with your homemade paint brush!