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Drawing by a toddler.


Photo credit: Gordon

Help your child get ready to write!

Writing takes lots of practice. It starts with scribbling and making marks and then eventually becomes drawing and writing letters. Give your child a variety of ways to help them develop those fine motor skills they'll need to be able to hold a pencil and draw letters. Here are some fun activities you can do at home or on the go: 

  • Paint with water. (Use a paint brush with water on some construction paper)
  • Carry around a notebook and some crayons.
  • Sculpt and make shapes with pipe cleaners, straws, chopsticks, or kitchen spoons.
  • Stack, sort and build with rainbow popsicle sticks.
  • Draw in shaving cream. (Put some shaving cream on a baking sheet and draw shapes and scribbles).
  • Do fingerplays like the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Open Them Shut Them, or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.