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Preschoolers and Writing Skills

preschoolers writingAre your little ones ready to start working on their pre-writing skills? Here are three great ideas to help toddlers and preschoolers master the fine motor skills they'll need to start writing. Best of all, these ideas use items you probably have on hand at home. 

1. Write in Salt

Teach Preschool shares how to use a salt tray or salt box to promote writing skills and offers tips to keep kids interested in the project.

2. Paint Bag Writing

Let's Explore Play Everyday! provides easy directions to fill a Ziploc bag with paint, seal it tight, and then let your child experiment with writing lines, spirals, and letters.

3. Writing with Things that Taste Good

Real Child Development uses two yummy mediums to encourage children to practice writing skills: chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

These ideas can be used again and again, so your child can keep practicing!

You can also visit our Educational Activities Pinterest board for lots more ideas.

If you know a great way to help children develop pre-writing and fine motor skills, please share in the comments below.

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