Fingerplays like "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" help babies to build the dexterity necessary to learn to write.
Try writing in various media: the air, with water, in sand. All of these movements help build the gross and fine motor skills needed for writing.
Scribbles may not look like much, but using writing and drawing tools to form lines and shapes on paper helps children begin to understand how writing works. It helps to build letter recognition!
Fingerplays like Itsy Bitsy Spider, playing with playdough, squishing bubbles, scribbling – all of these are great activities for children to prepare them for writing.
Fingerplays help children build up their hand muscles in order to get them ready to hold writing implements.
Parents, we use shaker eggs every week because they're fun and the babies love them, but using shaker eggs also improves your child's grip and fine motor skills, which will eventually allow him or her to hold a pencil and write!
Have children help you cook. They can "write" the ingredients needed on a list. Run your finger over each step in the recipe to show that you are working in order. To encourage pre-math skills, have the children measure the flour or spices. Kneading and stirring will develop the motor skills needed for writing. Asking questions like "What will happen when I put this in the oven?" broadens critical thinking skills. A job isn't done until it's cleaned up, so be sure to have kids help with that as well!
When your child finds a favorite story or character, encourage him/her to draw a picture of the character and “write” his/her own story about the character.
Play “I Spy” on a walk around the neighborhood. Finding small differences visually helps your child build the skills to find small differences when he/she is writing or drawing.
Make letters out of playdough. Your child is building fine motor skills and learning to create letters at the same time.
Outline large letters on a page with your finger and then let a toddler do the same. It helps them learn their ABCs.
Suggest drawing a story. This can be as simple as three pictures: one for the beginning, one for the middle, and one for the end of the story. Have your child dictate the story to you and create captions for the pictures.