Introducing Writing

Suggested activities to support your child’s writing skills and help improve pencil control and letter formation.

  • Using play dough or plasticine (rolling, squeezing, pressing, forming letters and numbers)

  • Threading beads / laces

  • Finger painting

  • Construction toys – e.g. blocks and Lego

  • Jigsaw puzzles

  • Air Writing – large to begin with, then getting smaller forming shapes/letters/numbers in the air

  • Writing shapes / letters / numbers on backs

  • Use of chalk, pencils, crayons, felt tips


Helping your child write

  • Value all your child’s writing

  • Remember early writing may look like ‘scribble’ or marks – this is a very important stage of writing.

  • Help your child become aware of the meaning and purpose of writing through the signs and symbols in the environment.

  • Give them the opportunity to write – lists, letters, cards, invitations

  • Provide paper, crayons, pencils, paint, chalk

  • Talk about their writing with them.