Prep: 10 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-7 Minutes

Your child at this stage of beginning writing may be starting to favor the use of one hand, although you won’t be able to know true right- or left-handedness until later. When offered markers or crayons, your toddler can begin to scribble or make marks. These marks and scribbles will eventually turn into letters.

  • large washable markers
  • large crayons
  • tape
  • newspaper
  • large sheet of paper (i.e., the back of a piece of wrapping paper)

Step 1: Create a writing space for your toddler. Writing can get messy, so first create a safe, enjoyable space for writing. This might be as simple as taping down a layer of newspaper to protect the surface from the writing tool.

Step 2: Tape a piece of plain paper on the newspaper and give your child a safe, non-toxic writing tool such as a large crayon, large washable marker or a large piece of chalk.

Step 3: Show your toddler how you can move the writing tool back and forth to make a mark on the paper. Let your child choose a writing tool and play with making marks.  Closely supervise your toddler during these early explorations with writing tools.