Writing Earlier with Less the Work

Learning to write requires fine motor skills. Children can develop these skills by doing activities that work their hands and fingers such as playing with Play-Doh. For a recipe for No-Bake Play-Doh click here. For an extra work out try playing with clay.

Recommendations to Reach a Balance

  • Give kids ample, unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress
  • Encourage your children to engage in active play (running around or playing tag) in lieu of passive entertainment (video games or television)
  • Buy your children “true” toys, such as blocks or dolls, that encourage imagination and creativity
  • Spend unscheduled, unstructured time together with your kids
  • Ask your child regularly whether he feels overly tired, burned out, or overscheduled
  • Allow your children to have a say in which extracurricular activities they are involved in
  • Get involved in your child’s school and take an active role in ensuring that all kids are getting ample free time

    Children playing tag

    Children playing tag