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Encourage your child to scribble and make marks by giving them big crayons, chunky pencils, or washable markers that are easy to hold.
You can draw lines or shapes on large sheets of old newspaper for your child to colour or draw on top of.
Really what you are doing is letting them see that they can make a mark with the crayon and that it's enjoyable. Gradually they will gain more control over their arm, hand and finger movements which will help them with writing later on.
Make sure you use crayons that are safe for children (because things often end up in their mouth). Never leave your child unattended with pens, pencils or crayons.
Learning to move, reach and grasp helps children develop the muscles and skills to scribble and learn to write when they get older. Body awareness and learning to do big movements (like crawling and walking) and small movements like the pincer movement (where you lift up things with your index finger and thumb) are important parts of your child's development. It is part of awakening and developing your brain. For your young child, reaching for objects helps build their coordination and will help them hold crayons later on.
Have fun with your child dancing to music. This helps their coordination. If your child is moving their arms or body at all they are dancing!
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