OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 2 and up
Prewriting skills are very important. It's important that your child understand the different lines including vertical, horizontal and circle lines. This will come in handy when your child is then asked to put these strokes together to form letters. By the age of 2 you child should be able to imitate (different than copy) a vertical line. Between 2 and 3 this should progress and your child should also be able to imitate and copy vertical, horizontal and circle lines.
To help promote these skills you can get a large piece of paper and place it on your table. (If you'd like to also promote some shoulder stability, you can tape the paper to the wall using painter's tape.). I've placed some stickers and guidelines on the paper to help facilitate the lines I would like to see. Should your child not need the lines, you can simply place the stickers on the paper and have them connect the stickers!
This is wonderful practice for your young toddlers. Enjoy!