Scribbling and drawing are early forms of writing and are meaningful to your child. When children are given a chance to draw pictures and tell stories, they’re also learning reading skills. They begin to understand that marks on the page can carry meaning. Some of the first stages of writings involving drawing pictures and telling stories about what the pictures represent.
Scribbling and drawing also help your child develop the fine motor skills they’ll need later to control a pencil to form letters. Allowing children to practice making lines, curves, and circles inspires them to write letters when they’re ready.
Here are some tips for writing with your child:
- Practice fingerplays like the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" to strengthen hands and fingers.
- Draw using lines, squiggles, and shapes. These squiggles will later turn into letters.
- Have your child write a pretend shopping list of favorite healthy foods.
- Make letters out of play dough. Squish them up afterwards to help build hand muscles.
- Draw a picture together and have your child "autograph" the work.
- Display your child's artwork to build confidence.
Additional Resources for Writing with Your Child
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Want to see what Jeff drew? It's a book about him and all the things he can do! He can make his own lunch! He can get his own drink. He can take his own bath--pretty cool, don't you think?
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today. It's always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together.
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Red is blue he can't seem to color anything correctly. Other crayons try to help, to no avail.
The imaginary friend of a very grumpy little girl is determined to cheer her up in this lovely story that celebrates imagination, friendship, and sharing.
Simple Steps Reading Lists
- Great Books for Reading
- Great Books for Writing
- Great Books for Singing
- Great Books for Playing
- Great Books for Talking
- Wordless Picture Books
- Great Read Alouds
- Recomendaciones de Libros
- All Lists
Simple Steps Printables
- 5 Simple Steps Overview (full sheet)
- Simple Steps half sheet pamphlets
- Simple Steps trifold brochure
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