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8 Ways to make your child enjoy writing

Krishnakali Basu
3 to 7 years

Created by Krishnakali Basu
Updated on Oct 30, 2019

8 Ways to make your child enjoy writing
Reviewed by Expert panel

Many educators no longer consider handwriting a crucial skill because technology has changed our world. Even then the skill of handwriting is still important .Before trying to help a child whose experiencing difficulty in writing one has to get the child evaluated to see whether it is physical or a cognitive issue. India being an academically- oriented country, a lot of importance is given to formal education than the informal pragmatic one and, therefore often, a child is forced to write even when his/her milestones haven’t developed. In many cases, this leads to resentment which maybe very difficult in the future to deal with.
I would like to stress on aspects which I worked upon as a mother  to ensure that my child would not end up resenting writing. Here are some fun- filled activities through which he took to writing more willingly.

1)  Work on fine-motor skills: Buying a toy xylophone and a piano can work wonders, because they help in wrist strengthening and finger strengthening. Also, look for pop-up toys through which little children can improve fine motor skills. Buttoning shirts with big buttons, zipping dolls jackets also contribute to the handwriting part. Lacing beads is also a good activity to improve fine motor skills.
 
2) Work on developing muscle control and independent usage of muscles: Household chores like folding hankies, pouring water, transferring water/food from one bowl to the other, kneading dough, and using the rolling pin can be taught in a role play method. Putting pegs on a clothesline, arranging books, wiping plates after washing them are some practical activities that help children in strengthening their muscles and fingers. Whisking eggs in a bowl is also fun for some children. It helps in muscle strengthening control and is fun.

3) Boost pincer grip: Use of tongs and tweezers-I have used tongs and tweezers to boost pincer grip. Tongs can be used to pick up small toys, cut fruits in dices. Also, lots of role play toys, cake slicers, icecream scoops are available which can be used. These are toys and hence are safe.

4) Develop Eye-hand coordination: Using stem of spoon to let the child cut slices of a banana also teach him control and eye-hand coordination. I blew bubbles and got him burst them with index finger which helped him in hand and eye coordination. A lot of scissor works were done too.

5) Make books fun: Reading can improve handwriting and introduce the child to new words. There are lot of early reading books which can improve children’s learning abilities, listening abilities and help in writing in the long run.

6) Trace alphabets on different surfaces: I have loved playing play dough with my child. We still makes letters from play dough like A,B,C and now we make words with it..... it’s fun and when completed is rewarding.  I made my child write letters in the air with his index finger and then I made him trace them on sand in a tray. This made him get the concept of the alphabet.  Using erasable crayons, I have gotten my child to write on walls. Use chunky thick crayons  or thick chalks. A child can manage a good grip on these. I allotted a corner wall to teach him to write. I would write on the wall and then he would follow me. It is always beneficial for wrists to write on a hard surface. I drew on floors , only to make him write. I also got him a door blackboard which I stuck on the door to let him enjoy scribbling. I got him to write letters with shaving cream on mirrors.

7) Work on fingers: I got my child a lot of finger painting, vegetable printing , leaf printing, thumb impressions, hand impressions activities done. We make handmade thankyou cards with finger painting. To help the child write, buy dark 6B pencils as light graphite can disinterest the child.

8) A lot of outside play activity has to be encouraged such as climbing, crawling, cycling. This helps in developing gross motor skills and if that is worked upon the others will follow.

Parents have to be very patient and loving   in order to make the child do something. We have to first build an interest in the child and not push the child into the rat race.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Nov 12, 2015

Day-to-day activities plays a very important role in their life.

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| Nov 16, 2015

Very well written. Me being an occupational therapist is getting a lot of referrals from schools to develop the handwriting of children. But the basis of writing lies within these skills explained by you. Good job

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| Nov 16, 2015

Creative article.... very nice.

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| Nov 25, 2015

Thanks, good article

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| Nov 28, 2015

Thanks... such a very essencial artical...

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| Nov 28, 2015

Thanks... Very helpful info.

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| Nov 30, 2015

The fine-ness of the skill is dealt with so finely. Great article and full'o ideas for involving parents with children.

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| Dec 07, 2015

Good article.. thanks a lot

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| Dec 12, 2015

Good article... keep it up ...:)

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| Dec 16, 2015

Thanks ,I am also struggling with handwriting of my son hope it will help a lot.

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| Jan 04, 2016

Well explained

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| Jan 09, 2016

Thank you... It really help.

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| Jan 09, 2016

Thank you... It really help.

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| Jan 09, 2016

Thank you... It really help.

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| Feb 12, 2016

Thanks a lot. Really a good Message

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| Feb 12, 2016

Very well explained. Thank you. If I would have got this explanation 4 years back it would have help me to encourage my son in writing work. He is spoiled now. Don't like to do writing work. His teachers are happy with his oral part but irritated with his attitude towards writing.

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| Feb 12, 2016

Thank you!!

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank u This is really very informative n practical

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| Apr 05, 2016

Thank u so much

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| Apr 05, 2016

Nice information u had shared with us. Thanks!!!

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| Apr 25, 2016

totally agreed

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| Apr 25, 2016

Thanks for the tip.. just starting my 3 year old on developing his gross motor skills as he will start writing later this academic year..

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| Apr 26, 2016

Thank u so much.....

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| Apr 26, 2016

Lovely blog

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| Apr 27, 2016

Lovely and very very informative blog.

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| Jul 02, 2016

thanks for quick and god reply.

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| Jul 14, 2016

Thanks for the tips they are much needed

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| Jul 29, 2016

Very informative .thanks ma'am

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| Jul 29, 2016

very informative

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| Jul 29, 2016

nice information

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| Jul 30, 2016

anandh prasadh

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| Aug 22, 2016

too good information... thank you maam

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| Sep 11, 2016

very helpful nd practical tips...

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| Sep 15, 2016

great tips!

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| Sep 16, 2016

too gud

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| Sep 16, 2016

very informative

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| Sep 16, 2016

very informative thanku

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| Sep 16, 2016

Very helpful article !!!

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| Sep 17, 2016

very helpful article, was struggling with same issue with my son. Thank you so much.

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| Oct 28, 2016

very informative

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| Nov 12, 2016

very useful information

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| Nov 13, 2016

very nice tips.. thanks

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| Dec 05, 2016

Awesome tips. Thanks for sharing

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| Dec 13, 2016

Helpful tips that can be easily followed by othets also.. thanks

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| Jan 22, 2017

really very useful..

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| Jan 27, 2017

Thanx. It's very much useful tips...

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| Feb 01, 2017

Nice tips.....

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| Feb 10, 2017

thanks for d tips.. very useful

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| Feb 10, 2017

my son writes with left hand more than right hand.. any tips ..

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| Feb 13, 2017

Tysm for the tips

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| Feb 16, 2017

very nice

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| Feb 17, 2017

Very nice tips

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| Feb 28, 2017

very helpful...

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| Feb 28, 2017

very interesting and useful. thanks!!

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| Feb 28, 2017

Very nice technique thank you

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| Feb 28, 2017

Very good information

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| Feb 28, 2017

very nicely elaborated.... thanks a lot...

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| Feb 28, 2017

effective tips

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| Feb 28, 2017

very nice things it I'll be useful to all.

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| Apr 06, 2017

thank you very much for such useful tips

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| Apr 08, 2017

as a child... v did all this and more... without realising that we are developing our motor skills. My mom yelled as i climbed trees and soiled my shirt. I want my kids to climb trees too.. but havent done yet.

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| Apr 12, 2017

very useful

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| Apr 12, 2017

very helpful. thanks for the tips.

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| Apr 14, 2017

to be able and then we have the sender immediately

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| Apr 16, 2017

Thanks a lot for ur wonderful suggestions

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| Apr 19, 2017

Thanks valuable suggestions

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| Apr 30, 2017

worth reading.... very helpful

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| May 02, 2017

Thanks a lot for the information... mam ,day to day activities play a important role in their life. its helpful for all.

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| May 05, 2017

Very informative

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| May 10, 2017

superb

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| May 19, 2017

this blog is very helpful to me thanks

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| May 26, 2017

Thanks a lot . Good information

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| May 29, 2017

very helpful... thanks a ton.

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| Jun 11, 2017

thanks it helps us

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| Jun 21, 2017

thanks

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| Jun 30, 2017

thanks for the useful information

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| Jun 30, 2017