Writing (like many things) takes practice. Finding the right writing activities can make that practice so much fun, your kids won’t mind it one bit!
Writing activities for toddlers are all about getting those finger muscles in shape. Preschoolers are starting to learn letters, understand how to hold a pencil and even write some words.
By the time kids are in school, getting kids to write for pleasure, write neatly and ummm sometimes quickly is the goal. I searched the web and found 15 great writing activities to get you started. Enjoy!
Writing Activities for Toddlers
Sensory Writing — Getting used to holding a pencil or make marking with their finger is the first step to writing.
Ripping Magazines — Get those little fingers working and make a mess at the same time!
Play dough — Play dough is a great way to strengthen finger muscles. Imagination Tree takes us from A – Z of Play Dough (and trust me… she knows play dough!)
Car Track Painting — Help little ones start to understand the motion of writing left to right by drawing a race track and having them roll the car from the left side to the right side of the paper.
Sidewalk Chalk on Unusual Surface — Offer writing and marking activities outside by having sidewalk chalk available all the time.
Writing Activities for Preschoolers
Grocery Shopping List — You have to shop, there’s no way around it. Let your kids help by making the list. Use ads with pictures and words to help them write out what you need to buy.
Creating Comics with Kids — Nurture Store sets up an invitation to draw by creating a comic strip and leaving most of it blank.
Dog Park Adoption Center — Pretend play is the perfect way to allow your little ones to practice writing in a no stress environment. For our dog park I added a clipboard, paper and pencils. The person running the adoption event asked questions and took notes about the future puppy owners.
Kids Printable Summer Letters — We are going to use these printables as a thank you for friends who hosted us on our vacation!
Fingerprint Matching Game — This is a great reason to give your little one practice writing family members’ names.
Writing Activities for School Age kids
Book Reports — Especially great for kids who love to read. You’ll find 6 printable book report templates.
Family Mail Center — Great idea for encouraging writing as well as connecting with other members of the family!
DIY Dry Erase Board — 4 ways to use a dry erase board for writing fun.
Learning through Stamps — Check out how Highhill Education uses to stamps make a journal type scrapbook.
Story Machines — This fun, unique way to write a story will have even the most reluctant writers begging for a pencil!
Do you have a favorite writing activity? Tell us about it in the comments!
This post originally appeared July 9, 2013.