Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Stock up on supplies Encourage your child to practice writing by having supplies readily available.  Provide different kinds of paper, crayons, pencils, markers, and notepads. Also provide a large eraser. (Erasers on the ends of pencils are difficult for young children to use.)  Chalkboards and dry erase boards with various colors of chalk and markers provide a fun way for children to practice their writing skills Develop hand muscles and motor skills Young children need strong hand muscles to hold a pencil correctly—and small motor skills to be able to use a pencil to write. To strengthen hand muscles:  Provide playdough or clay to squeeze, pull, and manipulate into shapes.  Wad up newspapers into balls—and throw them into a wastebasket. To help develop small motor skills:  Help your child put a puzzle together, build with blocks, and string beads.  Get a pair of child-safe scissors and let your child cut up colored paper and magazines.