Activities That Will Prepare Your Child to Write

Preparing your child to write happens much sooner than you may think and it doesn’t really start with a paper and pencil or any other writing utensil. There are many activities you can do with your toddler or preschooler that will help them when it comes time for pre-writing and, eventually, writing.

What is pre-writing?

According to this article at Growing Hands-On Kids, pre-writing refers to the mastery of lines and strokes needed before learning to write the alphabet. Basically. learning to draw vertical and horizontal lines and shapes are an important step to actually writing letters.

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Non-writing skills that will help prepare your toddler or preschooler to write

There are two important skills that will help prepare your child to write:

Bilateral Coordination

Bilateral coordination helps with pre-writing because it teaches your toddler how to do two things at once which is a necessary skill when writing.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills refer to the use of the tiny muscles in the hands. Strengthening these muscles is vital for learning how to write.

Upper Body Strength

Good upper body or core strength is essential to your child’s readiness to write because shoulder stability allows controlled hand movement. (source)

Bilateral Coordination Activities

Playing drums or bongos

Tearing strips of tissue paper

Lacing activities

Coloring

Stenciling

Play dough and cookie cutters or rolling pin

Jumping rope

Catching & Throwing a Ball

Frosting cookies

Mr. Potato Head

Finger Play

Hand Clapping Games

Fine Motor Skill Activities

Play with puzzles that have knobs.

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Use tongs or tweezers to pick up small items like beads, pom poms or beans.

Cut up straws and place them in the holes of an empty Parmesan cheese container.

Give your child cheerios or another circle cereal and have him place them on a piece of spaghetti or a pipe cleaner. Place the Pipe Cleaner or spaghetti in a container of play dough for support!

Give your child a container with a plastic lid and cut a slit into the lid. Let your child put fake or real coins through the slit.

Upper Body Strength Activities

Wheel Barreling

Yoga for Kids

Crawling on all fours (i.e. act like a dog, cat, etc.)

Crawling through tunnels

Hop Ball

Monkey bars (with adult assistance)

Push-ups

Check out this post by Julie at Fab Working Mom Life for a great sensory pre-writing practice activity!

This post is part of the 31 Days of Kindergarten Readiness series.

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