Fun, Creative Pre-Writing Activities
The pre-writing activities for preschool children below are a
great way to build essential, foundational fine motor skills.
For Preschool Children
These skills will include hand strength, directional movement
patterns, and effective hand position, which will then facilitate making lines,
letters, and shapes.
All development comes in predictable stages. Before a child can
write, he must have the prerequisite fine motor skills necessary to use his
wrist and hands properly and effectively. Have fun trying all of these great
ideas below so that your child is ready to write!
Ideas For Fine Motor Skill Development And Pre-Writing
Activities For Preschool Children
When playing music, give the children some cloths or juggle scarves
or ribbon sticks to hold/use. Show
them how to go up, down, and across with the material.
When coloring with crayons, try having the children color while lying on
their bellies, or have them stand while coloring a piece of paper taped on the
a wall easel, or a floor easel . Both positions help promote grasp and a
proper position of the wrist. The first position, on their bellies, also helps
strengthen their arms.
When coloring, try giving the children finger crayons, broken or short pieces of crayons.
This will help promote a proper grasp, so they can not "fist" (i.e., wrapping the
whole hand around the crayon and using the pinky side of the hand to color) the
When coloring, encourage scribbling first, imitation of vertical strokes
second, horizontal strokes next, then circular motions, and finally, copying a
circle. This is the proper developmental sequence of pre-writing skills.
Remember, young children should not be coloring in the lines yet, and should not
be given too many pictures to color. This is a time to learn and explore with crayons, not
be confined to a specific shape.
Pre-writing activities for preschool children should include using different
things, such as "Funny Foam" or fingerpaints, instead of crayons when working on
imitating strokes. Use sponges, various sized paintbrushes, or even "Q-tips".
You can also try food finger painting with items such as pudding, applesauce,
whipped cream, etc. This can make an activity lots of fun and no one has to
worry about children mouthing the paint. Food or "Funny Foam" finger painting is
also a great activity for children with
Partially fill large Zip-Lock baggies with colored hair gel or colored
shampoo. Seal the bags and show the children how to make lines with their
fingers. Have them imitate your strokes, as mentioned above. As they draw with
their fingers, the material in the baggies will be displaced so they can see
their strokes. You could also do this on plates or trays using dry ingredients
such as Kool-Aid powder (smells great!), dry pudding mix, or sand. Have them
draw in these things...also great for kids with tactile defensiveness!
Give the children paint brushes and have them paint using water on the
pavement, walls, or chalkboard.
When using playdough , show the children how to make lines up, down and
across, using a plastic pizza cutter.
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can be used in addition to, or after, the above mentioned pre-writing activities
for preschool children...
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