Writing and Fine Motor
Tips and At Home Activities
- When you are writing, give your child a pencil and paper and let him/her write too.
- Display your child’s drawings/writings at home on the fridge, taped to the door, or anywhere it can be seen.
- Encourage your child to scribble, draw, or write with chalk on the sidewalk.
- Play with hand held water sprayers and have him/her spray letters on the sidewalk.
- Magic markers, colored pencils, chalk, and paintbrushes all make writing tasks fun and different. Provide various types of paper: lined, unlined, post-it notes, paper sacks, old greeting cards, and envelopes. They make writing very inviting!
- Play the game “make one like this” as you use straws, sticks, or spaghetti to make letters.
- Use a grocery bag or large sheet of paper to make large thick letters of the alphabet. Have your child run a small car, toy, or animal along the outline. Encourage your child to stay in the road.
- Paint pictures after an outing or trip or use photos. Encourage your child to write about the event and use new vocabulary learned from the experience.
- Use water and allow your child to dip his/her fingers in the water to write letters on colored construction paper or the sidewalk. Model handwriting and remind your child to start their letter formation at the top!
- Have your child tell you a story. You can write down his/her words, illustrate it together, and reread it nightly.
- Encourage stretching out of sounds and praise all attempts. Focus should be on the process and not on correct spellings at this time.