Teaching preschooler to write – Sensory play with rice!
Before we teach the preschoolers to write, it would be great if we let them practice writing with their fingers on sand, shaving cream etc. This would strengthen their finger muscles and improve the fine motor skills.
While I was busy in the kitchen, I had a fun idea to entertain my ever active 2 year old son! I poured some rice in a small baking pan and asked the LO to draw/write with his fingers. Skandha had a wonderful time playing with rice while I finished my work!
He drew shapes like circle, straight line, spiral and zigzag that I could recognize and lots of other shapes which he said were triangle, rectangle and octagon. Well mommy couldn’t decipher those shapes but she was happy that LO was playing quietly on his own!
Apart from learning to write, Skandha had fun playing with the rice. He loved to touch, feel and taste the grains. He buried his hands in rice and said that the grains tickled him
He also enjoyed scooping and pouring the grains. He said that the grains pouring down resembled rain drops!
On the whole it was a nice sensory play and a good learning activity too.