• Do fingerplays with your baby. This activity will strengthen their fingers for holding a crayon or pencil. Encourage playing with puzzles as this helps increase fine motor ability.
  • Allow your child to select the hand they wish to write with. Place the crayons in front of them and they will decide which hand to use.
  • Reading and writing go together. Scribbling and drawing are early forms of writing. Praise your little one for their efforts! This activity helps them learn that written words stand for spoken language.
  • Point out letters and words on signs and labels. They learn that letters and words are all around them.   “Look I see a letter T on the Target sign…”
  • Help your child write notes, lists, or make an alphabet book, even if their writing is only scribbles and marks on a page.
  • Point out letters and words in the stories you read. Talk about the alphabet in everyday conversation. “Oh look, rabbit is holding a letter R …”

Books about Writing

Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Chester’s Masterpiece by Melanie Watt

Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert