Teaching preschooler to write – Strengthening finger muscles
Before starting to teach a preschooler to write, we have to concentrate on strengthening those tiny finger muscles. This helps them in holding the pencil properly and writing without experiencing pain.
My 38 months old has started to write. He still uses both his hands to write. He can spell and write his name without any mistake. Since he comes up with at least one writing worksheet everyday, I assume he gets enough writing practice at school! So I don’t force him to trace/write alphabets/numbers at home unless he asks for it. Instead we do lots of other activities which indirectly improves his writing skill.
Here is a simple exercise that would help strengthen your LO’s finger muscles – Stretching rubber band.
Activity: Ask your child to stretch rubber band and wrap it around a bottle/door knob.
Aim: preschool finger exercise, improving handwriting.
Here is video tutorial of “rubber band play” explained by my preschooler
Bean transfer is another simple activity that helps in improving your child’s grip. Take 2 bowls. Fill one with beans. Ask your child to scoop the beans, take fist full and transfer them to the other bowl. Count together as he repeats the activity to completely transfer all the beans. Ask him if he can do this with his other hand.
Aim: Finger exercise, counting and concentration.