We Can Write


Purpose: Help your child understand the purpose for writing and practice her writing skills.

For this Activity you will need:

  • Dry Erase Board
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Paper
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Sidewalk chalk


  1. Let your child play with the various tools used for writing (pens, pencils, marker, sidewalk chalk, the dry erase board, and paper). Allow your child to figure out how each item is used. Tell your child that these are tools we can use for writing.
  2. Once she is comfortable with the tools, talk about the times she has seen you or other people writing.
  3. Help her think of things that she could write. (For example, a birthday wish list, guest list to a party, a letter to grandma, a favorite recipe, an "order" for dinner, or a grocery list).
  4. Now ask her to "write" it using any of the materials. For example, say, "Let’s make a grocery list of your favorite foods!" Remember that it is ok for your child to scribble! Any type of writing (scribbling or random letters) that your child does gives her a strong foundation for writing. Praise all attempts at writing.


Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Make an alphabet book with your child. Encourage her to write or draw pictures for every letter of the alphabet.
  • During pretend play, encourage your child to write. Offer your child crayons, pencils, and paper to take your order while playing waitress or write down a recipe while playing baker.
  • Keep writing materials available for him to use whenever he’s interested.
  • Help your child write a letter to a special friend or relative. Always allow him to sign his own name to cards or letters, even if it is only a scribble.
  • Let your child practice writing letters with a stick in the sand box or even in the dirt.


Background Information:

Language & Literacy involves:

  • Speaking clearly.
  • Asking and answering questions.
  • Paying attention to and listening to people and stories.
  • Following directions.
  • Showing an interest in books.
  • Learning about sounds in words.
  • Recognizing letters and numbers.
  • Drawing pictures and trying to write and copy letters.

When your child starts school, he will be more likely to do well if he is able to do these things.

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