Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

There are many fun and easy ways for kids to work on prewriting skills and increase their letter knowledge

For indoor fun: take play-doh, or make your own, and shape it into long, snakelike rolls.  Then use the rolls to shape letters or numbers.  You can then talk about letters while your child is also building hand strength.  You can also make a batch of pudding and put some into a large gallon size Ziploc bag.  If you lay the bag flat and evenly smooth out the pudding, your child can then “write” in the pudding again and again. 

For outdoor fun: spread some sand in a tray and have your child write in the sand to make letters or shapes.  You can also give them a bucket of water and a paint brush and let them “paint” letters, numbers and shapes on the driveway.  Kids LOVE to learn how to spell their name, so starting with the first letter of their name is a great place to begin!

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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