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.

Reading Suggestions!


  • Encourage children to “sign” their name
  • Provide writing materials for your child
  • Strengthen finger muscles by playing with things like play dough or bubble wrap
  • Let your child draw pictures then tell you all about it
  • Have your child trace letters