10 Fun ways to help your child write
There are many activities that help a child to learn how to write. Many schools, after teaching the alphabet, directly start off with writing words on lined pieces of paper. However there are other more effective ways to help your child . Here are 10 fun ways to help your child write:
1. Sensory play:
- If you live near a beach, go there with your child and teach him to write on sand.
- If you don’t live near a beach, pour fine-sand or salt in a tray and making your child write the alphabet with his/her finger.
2. Drawing Squares:
- Draw four big squares on a piece of paper and get your child to draw reasonable straight outlines, within the square box.
- This will help them get a general command over writing and is more specific than colouring the box (or alphabet shape).
- You can make a game out of it by closing your eyes and asking your child to write a letter with his fingers on your palm or arm and try to guess what the letter is.
- There are many water based pens that can be used on any surface but won’t leave a mark.
- So let your child make a manuscript on your walls! (Get this pen now)
5. Shaving Cream
- Sensory play through shaving cream!
- The mess this might create is not for the faint-hearted but it is definitely a fun way to get a reluctant writer to learn and practice!
- Another new material to write on is foil!
- Take a piece of foil and wrap it around a hard piece of cardboard (or any object to provide a base or fix it on a table so it does not move) and give your child some felt-tip sketch pens and let the practice begin!
- You can also pour some non-toxic paint on it and allow your child to write.
- Provide them with a white board or a chalk board (black board) to get them interested and provide a larger (and paper-saving!) space for writing and practicing.
8. Take time
- Make sure your child takes her time to while writing and tell her that there is no pressure to write quickly.
- Speed can be learnt with time.
9.Holding a pencil right
- Watch out for how much pressure the child is putting on the pencil.
- A lot of children put a lot of pressure while writing and this prevents the pencil from moving smoothly across the paper thus making it difficult to write.
- If your little one loves gadgets then get him her to write on your tablet devices.
- There are many apps that offer colour ink, backgrounds etc. However, this is not highly recommended.