Most children love to draw and write! In fact, many little ones start testing these skills very early. Unfortunately, sometimes it's on our floors and walls rather that on paper! Here are some early skills that children acquire along with the approximate ages that many children start to master them:Writing Readiness - In order to master the skill of handwriting, a child should be able to identify the letters of the alphabet. A dominant hand should be established and a tripod or quadropod pencil grasp is preferred. The child should follow basic verbal instructions and it is also important to understand terms such as "above", "below", "over", "under", and "between". Most importantly, a child should be able to copy the following strokes before they begin to learn how to write letters.
- Random Scribble - 1 to 2 Years
- 2 to 3 years - Imitates circular, vertical, and horizontal strokes
- 3 to 4 years - Imitates a circle and a cross
- 4 to 5 years - Copies a square and a cross from an example
- 5 to 6 years - Has established a dominant hand and copies a triangle from an example
Reference: Folio, M. R., & Fewell, R.R. (2000). Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, 2nd Edition. Austin: Pro-Ed