Using Writing Tools To Help Children Learn To Write

Young children need motivation to write. Parents can provide a variety of writing tools to encourage writing. Here are a few suggestions…

You can try writing the alphabets in highlighter pens like the one below.  It is still tracing but after the child writes over them, the pencil marks will cover over it making it seem your child managed to do it freehand.



There are also alphabet stencils that can encourage freehand alphabet writing.  Alphabet stencils are easily available in neighbourhood stationery shops or at Popular bookstores. They’re made of hard plastic, easy to clean, comes in various fonts and sizes to suit the smallest of hands/fingers. Some stencil templates even support cursive writing.

If you’re looking for more fun stencils for younger children, this is a good buy for you to consider. It’s Scholastic’s Alphabet Stencils and it is available online @

Alphabet Stencils are excellent tools for use in developing the motor and visual perception skills needed to form and distinguish letters. The following information is found in the guide that comes with the Alphabet Stencil kit.

The Alphabet Stencil kit contains uppercase letter stencils and a corresponding animal, person, or object stencil for each letter plus a crayon pack. The stencils are designed to meet the following key instructional goals:

  • naming alphabet letters
  • writing uppercase letters
  • distinguishing confusing letters
  • identifying letter & letter sounds
  • developing automaticity (fluency) with alphabet-recognition skills

The stencil kit is ideal for small group instruction when you are working with selected children who have not yet achieved mastery with these basic skills. Be sure to explicity teach the letter name, sound, and formation. For example, say, "This is the letter s. The letter s stands for the /s/ sound. Watch as I trace the letter with my finger." To accelerate the children’s progress, have them say the letter or the sound of the letter as they practice writing the letter (e.g., /b/, /b/, /f/, as they write the letter b, b, f).

You can also consider using other interesting mediums for your child to write on… like whiteboard markers, now they even have blackboard markers too! Use a paintbrush to paint letter shapes.. (brushes are also good practice for pencil work… ), chalk (if you have a chalkboard) or even with oil pastels.

Make a rainbow with oil pastel colours on a drawing paper, cover up everything with black oil pastel. Then scratch on the paper with a thin stick and you can see the rainbow colours as you make lines of the alphabets with it.

Another simple at home way is to print using your computer these hollow alphabet tracer. Children can use various writing tools/mediums to trace freehand around the shapes of each alphabet. You may encourage child to change colours after writing/tracing over the letter each time and you then form your own rainbow writer.

Don’t wanna waste paper, printing over and over again? Just laminate them, and voila! It can now be used for tracing with markers… over… and over… and over again. It can be binded into an alphabet writing booklet or pasted on the walls of the child’s room like an alphabet wall frieze.

Many possibilities to explore! And the possibilities are endless.

Hope this helps.


I wonder who is naughtier.. me who read the magazines or you who was hiding them?



Hmmm… buds… I see that you have been reading my magazines again when I was away huh.. Naughty.. Naughty!!!


FHM has words, but not of so much importance.....

FHM definitely has many words to share with their readers, they share

details on their feature girl of the month (and in real detail too!), some

sex techniques… , (pssst… this mth’s hawt technique is helicopter!)

Buuuuuttttt……. i say….. DEFINITELY each and every month sure got looooaads

of pictures to feast the eyes and the mind! Hehee… so my point again, pictures

definitely entice readership, whatever the picture. I cannot imagine a car magazine

without the pictures of all the vaa-vaa-voom-zrooms…


Er... FHM got words meh?

… oh yah hor… now that you mentioned.


Yes, ZacK… Most probably.

I’m long-winded laarr i guess.

Just prefer to be better understood.

I’m the vocally-kiasu-westie as termed by CKS mah..

Thanks to tamarind, with her pictures in her posts i

was inspired to share mine too. I found hers to be

of great sharing and pictures definitely entice readership.

Just imagine FHM with only words……. even 10 pages long

confirm boring what? Hehee…   


Wah I lurve the fact that

Wah I lurve the fact that you usually provide explanations with pix… A pix is worth a thousand words… Wonder if you dun have pix.. Would your postings be 10 pages long? 

Joking…. Always appreciate your looooooong …. replies 

Thanx buds! Triple Line book

Thanks for the tips buds!

Yup, I agree with mincy.. love that highlighter tip.. never thought of it!

I am now finding the Triple line book is also helping my DD1.. of course on and off when her attention wonders off, I will still see her "wiggling, jiggling, shrinking and expanding" letters…. 

.. but it is improving and I’m just happy that she is making the effort as she sees the before and after differences.. sometimes she will even laugh at herself …

Great Post buds! Love the

Great Post buds! Love the highlighter tip.

We kind of practice the laminate method at home too but in the lazy way. Just write on a piece of paper and put it in a clear folder. After that let the kid have one of those white board markers and rub it away each time he write on it …

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