Preschool Writing Area

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Writing is an important part of literacy development. Writing areas in preschool are gaining popularity. Here are some tips.


  • Increase awareness of language and literacy in the classroom environment and in the child's world.
  • Give children opportunities to explore the written word, and practice writing.
  • Develop small muscle skills and eye-hand coordination.
  • Help prepare children for the transition and expectations in Kindergarten.

Supervision and Tips:

  • Most children will need to be taught how to hold a pencil (with the pincher-grip). Children should also be taught to use pencils for the correct purpose - and not as a toy or a weapon.
  • Use positive reinforcement as a tool to encourage children. Praise effort, attempts, and progress.

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Suggested Materials:

  • Markers - Variety of Sizes, Colors and Tips
  • Pencils - Variety of Sizes and Colors
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Dauber Paints
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Rulers
  • Paper Clips
  • Pads and Tablets
  • Assortment of Paper
  • Stapler
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors - a Variety of Cutting Styles
  • Stamps and Stickers
  • Labels
  • Folders
  • Overhead Projector
  • Envelopes
  • Desk
  • Masking Tape
  • Transparent Tape
  • Posters and Pictures of the Alphabet
  • Tactile Letters
  • Stencils - Theme Related
  • Salt Trays
  • Rubber Stamps and Ink Pads
  • Typewriter
  • Chalk/Chalkboards
  • Alphabet Displays
  • Theme Related blank books and book jackets for preschoolers to author and illustrate
  • Computer
  • Divided or Pigeon Holed Shelf
  • Word or sentence strips
  • Magnetic words that children can group into sentences with assistance
  • Letter lacing cards
  • A B C cookie cutters for use in playdough or for prints
  • Sponge letters
  • Letter puzzles
  • Letter shaped ice cube trays for use with playdough or in sand
  • Letter matching games (with pictures also for younger children)
  • Letter Bingo (with pictures also for younger children)