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5 Creative Ways to Teach Your Preschooler How to Write
Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:03:00 AM
Teaching your child how to write letters can be one of the
most exciting and memorable experiences in your life. With each new letter your
child learns to write, they gather a new tool they can use to further their
communication abilities, and they continue to develop a key skill necessary for
their success in life. And it’s all because of you!
But finding out fun and creative ways to teach your
preschooler or toddler how to write letters can be a struggle, and not every
child learns the same way. So if you are looking to give your child the gift of
the written word, here are five creative ways you can teach them how to write
their first words.
1. Letters Shaped
It’s often very difficult for children to memorize the
shapes of each different letter. While it may be easy for you now, remember
that a child must learn to write 26 new symbols that make no sense.
To make it easier for them, try to help their memory by
drawing letters shaped like different animals or objects. An S can be a snake,
an O can be a donut – assigning recognizable objects to each letter will help
your child easily commit them to memory.
2. Trace the Letters
If your child is having difficulty writing the letters on their
own, make it simple for them and let them trace instead. Allowing your child to
trace the letters will help shape their muscle memory, an integral part of
writing the alphabet.
One of the best toys for this activity is the A to Z
Uppercase Magnatab. This magnetic board contains all of the uppercase
letters, and lets your child trace them individually in the spaces provided.
Surrounding the letters are arrows designating necessary pen movement; these
act as reminders for your children on how to properly write each symbol. This
is a great toy for your child to memorize their new alphabet.
3. Alphabet Cookies
What better way to learn the alphabet than with delicious
treats? Find some alphabet cookie cutters, or simply make your own, and have
your child help you create cookies in the shape of all the different letters.
As they create them on their own, they will begin to associate the shapes of
the cookies with the letters of the alphabet.
4. Finger Paint the
Arts and crafts activities are always fun, and there is no
better way for your child to learn the new alphabet than by getting messy with
some finger painting. Get some paint supplies and some large paper, and hold
their hands as you show them how to draw. Combining fun art with the alphabet will
help them learn the new letters by heart.
5. Dry Erase Writing
The best way to teach your child how to write letters is by
constant repetition. Get your child a small dry erase board, and have them
bring it with them wherever you go together. They can use it to draw or doodle,
but use it to spend a few minutes each day having them write their new letters.
This board will act as a fun toy and a great tool for learning.
Learn to Write
Teaching your child how to write the alphabet is a great step
in life. If you are looking for some fun and creative ways to help your child
learn to write the letters, use these five easy tips to help them master the
alphabet and become real writers.