In order to know a language one must be able to speak, read and write the language. Learning to speak a language is naturally done by the toddler. However, reading and writing are not. Well you can’t really read anything if you don’t write anything, so writing is a skill you must teach them. Here are 5 ways to have your toddler practice their handwriting.
There is no doubt that any toddler loves play-doh. Toddlers are young and they like touching things. You can use play-doh to your advantage and ask your toddler to make letters. If your toddler doesn’t know any letters then you can make it for them and tell them this letter is an “a”, for example.
Your toddler is probably very interested in shaving cream because he/she is always seeing daddy shave. You can use shaving cream to practice their handwriting. Put some shaving cream on a canvas and ask them to use their fingers to draw letters. Once again, if they don’t know their letter, draw it for them.
We have all seen it. I am talking about the art that is produced by toddlers on people’s driveway. Buy some chalk and have your toddler write out letters on a canvas as big as your driveway. They will have plenty of space to write all the lower-case and upper-case letters.
Marshmallows & Toothpicks
You’ll have to keep a close eye on your toddler if you are going to use this method. Tell your toddler to make letters with the marshmallows and toothpicks and if they successfully make a letter they can then eat the marshmallow. Using food, especially treats, to bribe your toddler will definitely work.
Pencil & Paper
This is probably the method that won’t be used as often because toddlers don’t like to do things when it’s not fun. There are few toddlers who don’t mind the classic pencil and paper but if your toddler can’t sit still then try a more engaging way to practice his/her handwriting.