Preschool-aged children can never get enough writing practice. From first scribbles to word formation, any opportunity to write is great practice. Encouragement is key, but–let’s face it–so are the materials. Keeping fun writing instruments and paper around will usually entice your child to take hold and write. Children also love to use adult-type papers and forms, so raid that office recycling bin for some fun possibilities.
A great way to incorporate writing practice into your routine is to set up a writing container in, say, the kitchen. Include post-it notes, index cards, small spiral-bound notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers and pens. Let your child write while you cook or do the dishes each day. Get creative with the materials you use. Ask your local restaurant if they have a spare order pad, and provide stationery, envelopes, stickers, and tape. Even old IRS forms look fun for kids (at least until they learn to read–wink, wink). Encourage your child to write a letter, take your food order, or fill out that dreaded tax form.
All of this practice helps your child develop her writing skills, help her learn left-to-right progression, and also promote creativity and imagination!