Many parents complain that their 3-year-old children cannot write letters that are readable, or cannot seem to write at all. There are many children who even seem to be unable to do the patterned letters and their immediate disappointment is clearly visible in such cases.
You can actually see that these children are sorry that they are able to keep up with what they have been given, and it really breaks your heart too because seeing a child failing to do something and then looking disappointed about it is really not a pleasant site.
However, frowning over it does not help and the only thing that works in such a situation is helping the kids with some really cool pre-writing activities. Here are some such activities that are employed in some best playschools and daycare facilities.
Playdough can be useful in a lot of ways. For starters, you can just ask your child to play with it and knead it into different shapes. This activity imparts strength to the hands of your children. This strength of palms and fingers further becomes useful when the child begins writing.
Moreover, you can also ask your children to make different letters out of playdough. This can not only be a fun activity but if you child is not familiar with some letters this activity can also help them get introduced to such letters.
All in all, playdough can turn out to be a pretty interesting activity and can also help the children immensely before they are beginning to learn to write.
Write in Corn Meal
This is a rather conventional method which most of the modern people and institutions may refuse to use but writing in corn meal is, in fact, a great way to learn writing.
The method can be employed by spreading corn meal or dough in a flat tray and letting the child draw and write with his/her fingers in it. The reason why this method is quite useful is because the child does not require too much strength to write in a corn meal.
Then again, since they are writing with their fingers, the can write better and more conveniently and at the same time, this also helps them to get a mental picture of how to go about moving their hands while writing.
Once the child has drawn and learnt enough with corn meal tracing, it is time for name tracing. Name tracing helps in a lot of ways since your child can learn to write his/her name.
It gives them a peculiar sort of joy and at the same time, also helps them practice for big and small letters in the same word.
This combination of big and small letters helps boost the child’s confidence about writing. Just put up the appropriate dots in a notebook and ask the kids to follow the given pattern.
Cutting practice merely requires a child-friendly pair of scissors and a magazine or paper to cut. Ask your child to cut out pictures from magazines along their outlines.
This will help hone your child’s fine motor skills and also enhance their hand strength. Cutting paper will be a very helpful activity for your child’s thumb activity.
At times, the child is likely to feel that the paper is too hard to cut or too difficult to cut. In such times, ask them to cut thin and thick chunks of play dough. It can help the child pretty well.
Teach your child to use tally marks to measure. A tally mark is characterized by a slash. If you have to represent the number four in tally figures, you have to write four slashes: ////.
That is how tally marks work and you can teach your child about them easily and readily. If you are okay with teaching the child about numbers above 4, use the slash mark too. Five is counted as: ////.
These pre-writing activities will teach your child a lot of valuable lessons about the activity of writing itself and will also impart a lot of strength to the child’s hands as a result of the endless efforts and practices that the child undertakes.