Adrian at 37 months started writing his name (see here), and he enjoys writing daily ever since. Looking back, I see now that practice makes it all possible! He has been doing a lot of the following:
- tracing Alphabet Letters with markers, dot-stickers, play-dough, marbles and water (read here),
- following the Letter with a marker, dot stickers, marbles, and pompons (read here),
- tracing in a Montessori Letter Work book (read here),
- using Uppercase Do-A-Dot Letters templates, tracing sandpaper letters, and tracing in polenta/sand (read about our Letter Series here).
These Water Wow! Splash Alphabet and Animals cards, Adrian has been using since about two years of age. The water pen is thick, making it easier for the little hands to grasp, and you should see the excitement on a child's face when s/he sees letters and magic-reveal pictures of animals emerge bright and cheerful when wet.
See a video below:
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence … [allowing] the minds to reveal itself.”
– Maria Montessori
Learning to write and trace is very important in developing coordination of small muscles in the hands and fingers, which leads to strong fine motor skills. Such skills are essential to completing many other tasks such as drawing, putting puzzle pieces together, cutting, using a fork or spoon, threading beads, zipping, buttoning, tying shoelaces and so forth. With practice, fine-motor skills are mastered sooner, letting your child enjoy the sense of confidence and independence. So, practice, practice, practice!