As promised, let’s chat about my toddler’s writing center. That’s right my not even 2 year old has and uses his writing center EVERYDAY. Not just everyday but most of the day, no joke. Independently he dumps and fills his jar of crayons. He uses a crayon to draw lines, marks, dots. He watches himself in the mirror and sings as he writes. With support, he practices reciting the letters in his name, he peels and sticks stickers, he draw and sings circles (more on that next week), names the parts of a drawn face, counts tallies...it’s just endless and awesome. Here’s what’s in there:
Twistable Crayons ( I like that these aren’t as easy to eat)
Tons of big scrap paper (remember the big movements)
Canvas (The texture and sound adds another element to his writing)
Stickers (With supervision let us practice some really awesome fine motor control)
Mirror (nothing cracks this kid up more than watching himself draw, plus it ups the chances of them talking as they write)
Unlike older kiddos, I cannot make all these materials accessible to him always, without some safety concerns.
For now, our scrap paper station is accessible. This gives us a communication routine. When my son asks for, or sets up his own pieces of paper at the table, I give him his jar of crayons.
As he gets older more and more things will get lower and accessible.