We spent many afternoons practicing on kindergarten-lined paper, a No. 2 pencil wobbling in his unsteady hand. When I discussed this with his teacher she told me something I’d never considered: that many children, particularly boys, simply lack the fine motor skills they need to write.
She gave me some great ideas for activities my son could do that would help him develop these critical skills— toys, games and puzzles that would be fun for him, as well.
Because of this I’ve focused much more on fine motor development with my younger children while they’re still preschool aged. Here are some of the things we use to help them work those muscles and get them ready for writing.
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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.