Teaching your toddler how to write, is a fun process, and a challenging one. The first thing that you need to do is get your child to sit still while teaching them anything. You can start by planning on spending only five minutes at a time with your toddler. Remember that young kids have very short attention spans, and you will need to take the time to sit with them at least five to six times a day.
This is what I did to make my kid start writing :
You can support your toddler’s writing development by having materials available. Keeping materials for writing and drawing handy will encourage your toddler to draw and “write.” Children take pride in their work and like to have their attempts acknowledged by parents or caregivers
1. 1. Start by first picking out several different pieces of construction paper. You can write your child’s name or letters on the construction paper. Using a glue stick have them stamp the glue circles following the lines in the letter. It is important to teach them first how to follow the lines.
2. After they have finished making the glue stamps for the first letter you can have them stick circular cutouts on top of the glue spots. You can create the circles using the construction paper. Draw your own little circles and then cut them out before beginning the project. This is a fun way to teach your child how to follow the lines and how to use glue. Remember that cutting and pasting is something that your toddler really needs to learn how to use.
3. It is also important that they learn how to hold a pencil properly. Using pencil grips is a good idea. Pencil grips can help your child hold a pencil properly. Most toddlers enjoy using the grips. They are bright colored and comfortable. You can find these at any school supply store.
4. Another suggestion is to have your child practice writing straight lines and then cutting on the lines. The key is to practice two skills at the same time. Since you only have their attention for about five minutes each time you want them to be able to practice multiple skills. They will also need to learn how to write their numbers. This is definitely more of a challenge for younger kids.
5. With numbers try using bright colored markers for kids to trace the lines that you have already made. Remember to make it fun, and be creative. Use what your child likes. For example if your child has a favorite toy you can have them trace that toy onto the paper and color it. This will help them learn how to hold a crayon or pencil properly and practice their coloring skills at the same time. To help toddlers learn to color in the lines you can have them fill in little numbered areas. This will help them to learn to recognize their numbers. Point out the numbers in order and have them color them.
Keep in mind that they will not be able to write the letters on a regular line like older children. The main idea for toddlers is just to teach them to recognize the letters and numbers, and be able to copy them. Don’t worry too much about the letters being sloppy. It will get better over time. As time goes on you will see how much progress your child begins to make. You will see them start to hold their pencil properly, you will also see them begin to recognize different letters. These are just a few ideas and suggestions that will help you get your toddler started on the path to writing.
Drawing is a complex task, but it helps toddlers become writers: Drawing involves grasping a crayon or marker, holding the paper so it doesn’t move, and applying just the right amount of pressure with the marker–all at the same time. As toddlers develop and practice these skills, they become better writers and drawers.
Toddlers develop the control in their hands needed in order to use writing tools. By 18 months, many children are able to hold a marker and scribble on paper. Some toddlers are able to make a few letters such as “X” or “O” by the time they are 3 years old. At first, they may make these letters purely by accident, though.
Older toddlers like to use “writing” in their play: Using chalk, crayons, markers, and pencils, toddlers mimic how they have seen adults use writing in their lives. For example, your toddler might pretend to be a police officer “writing” traffic tickets or a mommy stuffiing her purse with notes on the way to the grocery store.
Older toddlers become aware that written symbols, such as letters or pictures, represent real objects. This awareness lays the foundation for them to become not only writers, but readers as well. In order to read and write, your toddler must first understand that letters stand for sounds and that groups of letters together stand for words.
Encouraging Your Toddler
Provide opportunities for your toddler to develop the physical skills needed for writing: In order for children to be able to control tools like pencils and markers, they must develop motor coordination in their hands. Encouraging your child to stack blocks, pick up toys, finger paint, and roll playdough shapes will help develop these necessary fine-motor skills.
Keep crayons and other drawing tools in easy reach: This will encourage your child to use these tools to scribble on paper. These pictures, squiggles, and lines are the beginnings of your child’s writing. At the same time, your child will learn that she can communicate ideas through pictures or symbols.
Introduce your toddler to her written name: As toddlers realize they are individuals, their names take on special meaning. Many toddlers develop an awareness of the letters in their name, especially the very special first letter. Call attention to the letters in your toddler’s name and take the opportunity to point out those letters as they appear on signs, in books, or on labels in the supermarket. As you load groceries into your cart at the market, you can say, “Look, it says ‘Olives’ Olives starts with ‘O,’ like your name–Ophira.”
Respond to the intended meaning of your toddler’s marks on paper: Younger toddlers may tell you a line is a dragon. Older toddlers may proudly tell you, “This says ‘I love you’” as they point to squiggles on the page. Whatever your child draws, or no matter how readable it is, make sure to respond to the meaning of the writing. Display you toddler’s work to instill a sense of pride.