- Modeling with clay
- Using small and large Legos
- Picking up beads
- Playing with knobbed puzzles
- Using paper, paper clips, staples, pencils, markers, and crayons
- Sidewalk chalk
- Finger painting or painting with large brushes
As children experiment, developmental stages of writing become evident. Children move from random scribbles to controlled scribbles, to random alphabet letters, to consonants that represent words. Only with lots of opportunities to practice can children move through these stages.
If your child does not have a proper pencil grip, cannot purposefully manipulate a crayon, or simply shows no interest in learning to write, they probably aren't ready to do so. Take care not to push. Children enjoy learning a new skill only when they are ready for it. Getting ready is just as important as mastering the skill.
Christmas is a great time to stock up on writing material for your child. They make great stocking stuffers and gifts!
- Excerpts taken from Brad Wilcocks