Monday, August 30, 2010

Ready, Set, Read... and WRITE

I have writing on the brain this week. Not sure why. Maybe it's some of the great books I've been reading.  Look for a lot of posts on writing this week.
Today we're going to start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). Try introducing a writing instrument to your child around 9 months of age. (That age was recommended to me by my Parents as Teachers Organization as well as my pediatrician. However, Logan did not start holding the crayon and making marks alone until around 1 year).

There are many choices of writing instruments. There are triangle shaped crayons, rounded crayons, etc. Most children don't need a special type of writing tool when beginning. A plain crayon will do. If your baby eats the crayon, try these colored pencils. They are chunkier so they feel more like a crayon but they can go in the mouth.

One of our favorite beginning activities was making large marks on paper. Guide your child's arm around at first and demonstrate making large circles/scribbles. Say, "We are making large circles. We are making green circles.)" etc.

By exposing your child to scribbling at a young age, you are helping to develop the hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, creativity and enjoyment that your child will need to be a writer in the future!


  1. great ideas! thanks for visiting my blog :)

  2. Well, great minds think alike! Together we'll take on the world. :) At the very least, we'll have them reading and writing.

  3. I gave my daughter markers at first because the crayons resembled cookies (to her). She would usually put the markers in her mouth as well but she couldn't bite anything off so I thought that was a little better. I had to put off chalk for a looong time because I really think she liked the way it tasted.

  4. Oh I love this. My daughter 10mths has just started "trying to draw" - rather amazing (she sees her brother and me painting a lot). Love this exercise... bet she'll like it too!

    I have started to host a weekly Kids Get Crafty at Red Ted Art (link opens on Wednesday) and would love for you to connect:

    Hope to "see" you there!


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