We've talked about when and how to get kids through those first steps of writing, but once kids get to the name writing part, what should you do?
As a refresher, we covered:
• Fine motor skills
• Teaching grip
• What to write first
When it comes to name writing, you want to mix it up a little. We want our kids to be comfortable with and to love writing their names—first and last.
So here are five cool ways to get your kids to practice writing their names. These are ways that may seem simple, but kids really dig 'em:
1. Water writing: All you need for this is a cup of water and a paintbrush. Water writing is simply using water to "paint," and you can do this just about anywhere outdoors. Encourage your child to write his or her name with water on the driveway, on the steps, on the porch, or on a rock. The fun here is that especially if it's a hot day, the name will disappear as the water evaporates!
2. Window writing: Grab a window and a set of window crayons (available at most craft stores) and start writing! There's something super-silly about writing on windows, so kids love it!
3. Bumpy writing: A piece of cardboard and drywall mesh (found at most hardware stores) will make a great bumpy surface; all you need to do is glue the drywall mesh onto the cardboard. Once it's completely dry, put a blank sheet of paper over top and have your child write on the paper with crayons. The challenge and fun is to write even with the bumps!
4. Reverse writing: After your child colors heavily with a crayon over the entire surface of paper, have him or her use a popsicle stick to carve out the letters of his or her name!
5. Dry erase writing: Dry erase markers often work on more surfaces than just dry erase boards, and kids love to use them just about anywhere! Of course, before you let your child free with the dry erase marker around your house, try different surfaces to make sure they work. We often use white dinner plates, mirrors, or blank placemats.
This is just five of many, many cool ways to get your kids interested in writing their names.
What works best for your children? Let us know!
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