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4 Preschool activities to help your child develop writing skill

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It’s an observation that children learn more when they are having fun. Almost in any play situation, they seem to be able to concentrate more and behave better.

As a parent we need to understand the many kinds of activities that help the children learn. The best thing we as a parent can do is to continue our normal routines and just incorporate learning into daily play and tasks. For example, taking advantage of snack or lunch time to teach or review basic concepts. There are so many things that children can learn related to food, you can talk about the shapes, the colours, sizes, texture of food etc.

Toddler phase is one of the most important phase for learning as 70% of brain development happens in this stage. Children who are exposed more to playful learning retain more and learn more new things faster. Small and Gross muscle development is very important at this age. Children need lots of practice with arm and hand muscle control before they can learn to hold a pencil correctly in order to be able to write.

The thumb and index finger play a vital role in holding a pencil, making it important to develop these muscles.

At this stage in their lives, children are highly moldable. If you’re planning to return to work or are already back at work, consider exploring preschool programs in Arlington, VA or local programs in your area to support your child’s development.

Following are the few activities that I came to know through school and few came to know from my paediatric friend . These fun filled activities would help children learn colours, shapes as well as help in developing finger muscles to aid in writing .

Activities for Pre-Writing Skill development in Toddlers

1. Fun with Colours

Kids are always fascinated by colours especially bright and vibrant ones. You can ask them their favourite fruit, vegetable or animal, bird etc. Draw the outline of their favourite fruit or animal and give a free hand to paint. Initially don’t give brush or crayons, let them use their fingers, thumb or entire palm to paint it. You can show them how to do it by using only thumb or fingers.

  • Thumb Painting

Finger Painting

Benefits of this activity :

  • Learn colours

  • Improves fine motor developmental, strengthens finger and hand muscles.
  • Good for sensory integration

2. Tear and Paste Activity

Another interesting activity is tear and paste . You can draw the outline of your kid’s favourite fruit, flower, toy anything that excites them, then ask to tear newspaper into small bits and paste inside the outlined structure. Later on, after some practice you can also use glittered or coloured paper for a better final product.

Benefits of this activity

  • Develop thumb and index finger muscles especially
  • Teach them size as small and big pieces
  • Learn colours when they use coloured paper for pasting

3. Stringing Fun

This activity should be under the supervision of Adults because of the involvement of beads that a child can swallow and get choked. You can use colourful beads to create excitement among your little ones.

Benefits of this activity

  • Colour recognition
  • Helps in fine motor skill development
  • Hand – Eye co-ordination

4. Squeezing

Children love squeezing, they love to mess around with things. This activity helps in developing hand muscles as well as finger muscles.You can provide them with playdough to squeeze and use their imagination to make whatever they like. Or else can aid them with few squeezing tools to add more fun to it like citrus squeezers, water guns, glue bottles etc.

Squeezing activities

  • Squeeze Playdough
  • As fingers get stronger, squeeze water using pipettes
  • Squeeze lemons and make lemonade by using citrus squeezers
  • Squeeze glue bottles to make crafts or can do Tear & Paste activity.

Apart from developing finger and hand muscles , these activities also help in cognition development. Further it strengthens grip and does not cause any stress to tender, tiny muscles.

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  1. Pre-writing skill is more important before the kids start actual writing. These activities are really helpful for the kids. We have tried these activities at home and my daughter loves it.

  2. The string activity is most loved by kids. And that shape cutter is what makes it the most entertaining.

  3. IS there any particular reason you moms do this at home? My son does all this at his Montessori. I just take him out and allow him to explore the world.

  4. amazing activities and thumb printing was most favorite of me and my girls..we three had made so many art projects with this simple art and my girls had loads of fun while doing this.

  5. That’s a lovely guide to keep kids busy as well as develop skills in them.
    Although my kids have outgrown this age but I’m glad my kids had enjoyed learning thru these activities in their childhood.

  6. string activity has always kept my son busy.. Even now at the age of 4 he loves it.. u have shared such easy and practical activities that all kids will enjoy doing them especially in vacation times like this.

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