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Learning to write can be a challenging and frustrating time for kids. Get away from pencils and paper and introduce new materials to make learning to write a fun experience that feels more like play than learning.  Engaging as many sensory systems as possible helps your child learn easier and faster!

Here are some ideas to make learning to write more fun for you and your child:

  • Use a variety of tactile materials:  Trace letters and copy words into various tactile media. Incorporating the tactile sense will facilitate your child’s learning and motivate him to participate in the learning experience.
    • Place shaving cream in a ziplock bag
    • Spread shaving cream, rice, or flour on a baking sheet
    • Go out to the sandbox
    • Flatten a larger piece of play dough


  • Use objects to form letters:  Learn letter formation by figuring out how to put pieces together to create letters.
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Sticks from the yard
    • Q-tips
    • Cooked spaghetti noodles
    • Modeling clay
    • Play dough


  • Use large strokes to form letters: Get the whole body involved in practicing letters by using large movements to form various letters.

    • Tape a large piece of paper on the wall
    • Get a large easel
    • Use the sidewalk or driveway
    • Write on the mirror
    • Bath tub and shower wall


  • Use various utensils to make writing fun:
    • Draw with window markers, washable scented markers, or bath tub crayons
    • Paint with q-tips or paint sponges
    • Use crayons
    • Find various styles of paint brushes
    •  Use sidewalk chalk


By getting lots of sensory systems involved and making writing fun, you can make a huge difference in your child’s success!!