Getting our children to write

I’ve been trying to get my children to write (and not just scribble)!! We’ve been having lots of scribbling everywhere and all over everything. Our curtains got covered in pen marks and I spent weeks trying every possible way to get them out. I used different soaps, hairspray, alcohol, etc. Eventually I got it all out but of course as soon as I hung them back up again they got scribbled on again! Hmmmph! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I have been trying for a long time to get my kids to make shapes or people. We’ve been using puffy paints, pens, crayons and we’ve been writing on all sorts of different things. Paper, boxes, books, and so on. I just kept getting scribbles!

Now I’ve tried some edible sensory mark making with them. They loved it! And best of all they started making some shapes to start with. Then when we were talking about what he was drawing he started making faces. We talked about what faces had – eyes, mouth, nose and ears. He then also added on legs and arms. He was also very eager to add on shoes and feet!

Ever since he started doing the edible sensory mark making he has been drawing people! It’s been great! He draws everyone he knows. It’s really sweet to see and I’m so happy he’s finally writing with intention and giving meaning to it. While before we were overwhelmed with scribbles we now have loads and loads of pictures of people. I’m really happy and I would really recommend doing some sensory drawing as a way to help children make a leap in their writing development! 🙂 If you want to see some inspired ideas I would recommend that you look at this post. It’s particularly good if you have concerns about your child trying to eat what they are playing with.

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