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Old May 11th, 2013, 18:37 PM   1
PepsiChic
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What age did your LO start to write? any writing toys?


Barry has started to write out letters which im thrilled about, most of them are very well written, a few of them (letters with curves) tend to be a little on the wobbly side but still readable.

Is there any gizmos out there that encourages writing and reading? I was thinking of the leaptag for reading, but is there any writing aid toys? Things where you follow the dots and so forth.

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Old May 11th, 2013, 19:41 PM   2
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My son has just turned two on the 29th of April and he's not writing any letters yet though he LOVES to draw! But for his birthday, my brother and sister-in-law got him this little Leap Pad tablet that creates the letters via dots and then you use this attached pen to trace them. It's pretty neat. My son hasn't really gotten into it yet but if your little one is already starting to write, it'll probably be perfect for him. Here's a link to what my son has:

http://www.toysrus.com/buy/preschool...-19139-3508454

I hope you find something that works for you!



 
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Old May 11th, 2013, 19:45 PM   3
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My 3 year old only just started being interested in using crayons to scribble. No interest in trying to write letters or even draw distinct shapes yet.



 
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Old May 12th, 2013, 06:06 AM   4
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Tom won't draw but can write his name though the pressure is all over the place because he doesn't practice.

Tbh I wouldn't bother with anything electronic. Just let him carry on drawing and writing as he is and it will naturally improve. Try and get him to draw etc standing up at an easel if possible as well as sitting down - this helps develop shoulder strength and stability which makes writing easier.



 
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Old May 12th, 2013, 07:40 AM   5
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Omar doesn't like his leap pad for writing. He prefers markers & papers, he also loves his easel.



 
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Old May 12th, 2013, 08:45 AM   6
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I got a great thing from the Works if you're in the UK. It's a wipe clean book with a special pen (like a white board pen) which has a page of each letter written out in dots for you to trace over. Xander's not quite into it yet, but the few times he's had a go it's worked well.



 
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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:07 AM   7
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We have some Usborne books that are wipe clean board books for tracing letters and numbers (pretty sure they were bought in elc) we also have the leapfrog letter (ETA meant number) one of the above scribble and write. LO loves them and gets them out of his own accord and will trace them etc.



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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:28 AM   8
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Ruby will e four in oct and loves to colour but can't write, she shows no interest, it worries me a little



 
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Old May 12th, 2013, 10:05 AM   9
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My 3 year old has only just started to learn phonics and to recognise letters, he hasn't made much progress yet though.

There are some really good apps for the iPad that are great! There are some that are really silly ones that are only good if you already know how to write in which case don't need a game to help them learn it. Phonic songs on YouTube seem to be really helpful too.

Once he has made some more progress I'll get some of the wipe clean tracing things and things in the 'learn to read with Biff, Chip and Kipper' series.

There are some free printable resources too (I haven't tried them yet since he is not at this point right now):

Trace the letter worksheet- http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/P...letters-A-to-Z

Colour in the fun letters- http://www.education.com/slideshow/c...olor_Letter_A/



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Old May 12th, 2013, 11:24 AM   10
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Ruby will e four in oct and loves to colour but can't write, she shows no interest, it worries me a little
I really wouldn't worry, she's very young still and lots of children show no interest in writing, learning letters etc before they start school. All the colouring is great practice for refining her fine motor skills so she will prob have great control once she decides to write.

Tom has learnt to write his name by copying us but cos he doesn't like to draw or colour his pressure and control of the pencil is rubbish. He doesn't write anything else.



 
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