Teaching A Preschooler To Write: Tips For Caring Parents

by | Dec 21, 2022

For the nurturing parents out there who like to take their child’s learning and education into their own hands, we’ve compiled some useful tips and processes in this guide so you can use them in real time.

Involve Your Preschooler In Everyday Activities

Teaching your preschooler to write is a great way to get them involved in everyday activities. For example, if you are cooking dinner and need to use the recipe book on the counter, encourage your child to help you find it by getting out of your chair and opening up the drawer where you keep it.

As they become more adept at this activity, they will be able to open up drawers or cabinets themselves and find whatever item they need without assistance. In addition, this exercise teaches them important skills, such as how to use their hands together as one unit and how much pressure needs to be applied when using something like scissors, so that little fingers don’t get hurt by accident.

Another way of involving children in everyday activities is having them join in with chores, such as washing dishes or sweeping floors etc., so long as these tasks do not pose any safety hazards for young children who may still lack some of their coordination skills at this age range (four through six).

While these tasks and activities may not seem like they have anything to do with writing, they are in fact strengthening the small muscles of the hands in preparation for writing.

Controlling a pencil takes a lot of small control in the hands and it’s important to exercise those little muscles for this purpose.


Writing is the first step to literacy, and writing is a skill that can be learned.

Writing words, letters, and sentences are something every child can learn to do. Preschoolers may be able to write their names as they been to form letters and sound out familiar words

When you teach your child how to write, it gives them a sense of pride in their learning progress as well as confidence in themselves because they can do something new and exciting on their behalf.

Here are some tips to get your preschooler started in writing on their own by recognizing, identifying, and forming letters to make words.

Children love learning about things that interest them, and when it comes to writing, your preschooler will enjoy all aspects of this activity, including the writing process itself. It involves tracing letters, forming words from those letters then putting them together into sentences or paragraphs with correct punctuation at the end.

Show The Correct Grasp Of A Pencil

For the correct grasp of a pencil, you need to place your thumb and middle finger on either side of it. Your index finger should be curled under it, and your ring finger and pinky should be at the bottom. The pencil should rest lightly in your hand and not weigh down your fingers.

Learning To Write Letters

Once you’ve established the alphabet, your next step should be to teach your preschooler how to form letters. The first thing you need to do is make sure your child can write letters in the progression of functional letter writing.

Once they have mastered this skill, it is time for them to learn proper letter formation. To ensure this, follow these guidelines:

  • Form each letter with a straight line without gaps or breaks between lines
  • Make sure all letters are formed at the correct size (between the lines)
  • Make sure all letters are formed in their proper place (usually starting at the top)

Provide Opportunities for Messy Play

As a parent, you know that one of the best ways to encourage your preschooler to develop his fine motor skills is through messy play. Messy play gives him a chance to explore with his hands, which helps him make sense of the world around him and gain confidence in his abilities. 

It also allows him to interact with other kids while they are enjoying themselves—and it’s an excellent way for you to spend time together. For messy play activities not only to be fun but also educational, parents need to provide their little ones with colorful materials that inspire creativity and imagination. 

For example, playdough. Playdough can be made using ingredients like flour, salt, water, or oil; cut into shapes; rolled into balls; pressed into cookie cutters; squeezed into molds; or smeared onto paper. The possibilities are endless.

You should try mixing different colors or adding food coloring if your child is interested in learning about primary colors (red, blue, green). This will give them lots of options for creating interesting art projects later on down the road when they get older, too, such as painting masks made out of construction paper.

Use Other Materials Besides Pencils

It’s important to start using a range of materials other than pens, pencils, and paper. For example, you can use markers, crayons, glue sticks, and scissors. These materials are more interesting to children, and they work in a variety of ways.

Be a Role Model

You can be a role model for your preschooler by showing them how you hold a pen, how to form each letter, and how to make words and sentences. You should also take the opportunity to teach them about punctuation marks and the difference between upper and lower case letters.

Finally, they need to know that writing is a skill that takes time and practice, so don’t expect them to write like an adult straight away.

Choose The Right Supplies

As you begin to teach your preschooler how to write, you’ll want to make sure that the writing tools are easy for them to use. For example, when choosing a pencil for your child, look for one with a comfortable grip and a large eraser.

Consider using a mechanical pencil because it is more efficient and easier for children with less motor control. Additionally, look for a pencil with lead that can be easily sharpened using an automatic or manual sharpener. 

Learn The Alphabet Before Words

Once you have your child’s interest, it is time to start teaching the alphabet. The alphabet is the foundation of writing and reading. When a child knows all their letters by name, they are ready to begin reading.

To learn the letters of the alphabet, you can use flashcards or write them on index cards and have your child match them with pictures or objects in books. You can also use magnetic letters on a fridge door or whiteboard for your preschooler to practice writing them repeatedly until they get it right!


Reading aloud to your preschooler is one of the best things you can do for their language development and overall learning. Make it a point to read every day, or at least every few days, so that this becomes a routine in your household.

Reading aloud helps build vocabulary, which is essential for learning how to read independently later in life. It also helps children learn how print works, which makes it easier for them to understand what they’re reading when they get older and begin reading independently.

Final Thoughts

The best way to teach a preschooler how to write is by incorporating it into their daily life as much as possible. You’ll be able to learn and bond with your child more if you can manage to teach them along the way, and this is vital for them.