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Get Ready for Kindergarten Writing

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Updated on Oct 3, 2011

The Write Stuff

“Working on visual-motor skills will help preschoolers get ready to write in Kindergarten. Get your preschooler to trace simple shapes and patterns that you have drawn, working with fun mediums such as sand trays, finger paint and sidewalk chalk. This will help him develop the ability to let his eyes guide his hands - a skill which lays the foundation for forming letters in Kindergarten,” says le Roux. “At this age, it is important to avoid too many worksheets that use pencils and crayons – instead let them make big movements with their hands and arms.”

  • Writing in cake pans with a fine layer of salt, sand or flour is a perfect beginning writing experience.
  • Writing in shaving cream is an excellent tactile experience. You can do this in the tub to make clean-up a snap.
  • Try pudding or whip cream to add another sense (taste) if you're brave.
  • Sidewalk chalk dipped in water makes the colors even more brilliant and helps the chalk to write more smoothly.

Don’t worry about forming letters and writing words just yet (other than his name), there will be lots of practice ahead! Instead give your child many activities to help strengthen the muscles in his hands. This will make for fun learning while giving your child all the “write stuff” for writing in kindergarten!

For more great ideas on practicing fine motor and letter formations, take a look at the rest OT Mom Learning Activities site. And check out all of Education.com's great preschool writing activities here.

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