With young and pre-school children it is best to use plain paper so that they don’t feel restricted in their movements or constrained by size
Provide vertical surfaces to paint, write and draw on, as this helps to strengthen and develop the wrist flexibility they will need to grasp and hold a pencil properly
Check how your child holds a pencil against our pencil grip development guide. Don’t be tempted to move a child on too quickly as it has been proven to encourage poor pencil grip later on, as well as de-motivating children.
As you child’s gross and fine motor skills develop so will their ability to control writing tools, allowing them to move from large to small letter pattern sizes
Teaching the pre-handwriting patterns in groups can make it easier, as your child can concentrate on specific directional pushes and pulls
Start with patterns your child is already starting to use as it will build their confidence and encourage them to try harder patterns later.By taking a closer look at your child’s drawings or scribbles you will be able to see which lines or shapes they are beginning to form
Being able to write their name is such an important milestone in a child’s life. Why not introduce the patterns that are needed to form the letters of their name? Talk through the shapes being formed and how and where they appear in their name
The age at which to start a more formal approach to teaching handwriting patterns varies and is dependent on your child’s fine motor skills ability. Some children can be taught from 4 years old while others may be 5 or 6 years old.