Writing (like many things) takes practice. Finding the right writing activities can make that practice so much fun, and your kids won’t mind it one bit!
Writing activities for toddlers are all about getting those finger muscles in shape.
Preschoolers are starting to learn letters, understand how to hold a pencil, and even write some words.
By the time kids are in school, getting kids to write for pleasure, write neatly, and sometimes quickly is the goal.
I searched the web and found 15 great writing activities to get you started. Enjoy!
Writing Activities for Toddlers
- Sensory Writing – Getting used to holding a pencil or making markings with their finger is the first step to writing.
- Ripping Magazines – Get those little fingers working and make a mess simultaneously!
- Play dough – Play dough is a great way to strengthen finger muscles.
- Car Track Painting – Help little ones start to understand the motion of writing left to right by drawing a race track and having them roll the car from the left side to the right side of the paper.
- Sidewalk Chalk on Unusual Surface – Offer writing and marking activities outside by having sidewalk chalk available all the time.
Writing Activities for Preschoolers
- Grocery Shopping List – You have to shop. There’s no way around it. Let your kids help by making a list. Use ads with pictures and words to help them write out what you need to buy.
- Learn How To Write Your Name – This All About my Name Printable Pack has many printable activities to help get you started.
- Creating Comics with Kids – Nurture Store sets up an invitation to draw by creating a comic strip and leaving most of it blank.
- Dog Park Adoption Center – Pretend play is the perfect way to allow your little ones to practice writing in a no-stress environment. For our dog park, I added a clipboard, paper, and pencils. The person running the adoption event asked questions and took notes about the future puppy owners.
- Kids Printable Summer Letters — We are going to use these printables as a thank you for friends who hosted us on our vacation!
- Fingerprint Matching Game — This is a great reason to give your little one practice writing family members’ names.
Writing Activities for School Age kids
These tips for a child who hates writing might be helpful at this age.
- Book Reports — Especially great for kids who love to read. You’ll find six printable book report templates.
- LEGO Minifig Writing Prompt — What a great way to create a writing opportunity with something your kids already love.
- DIY Dry Erase Board – Here are four ways to use a dry-erase board for writing fun.
- Learning through Stamps — Check out how Highhill Education uses stamps to make a journal-type scrapbook.
Do you have a favorite writing activity? Tell us about it in the comments!