Babies 0 – 18 months: Writing

Reading and writing go together. Both are ways to represent spoken words and to communicate information. As children scribble and draw, they practice eye-hand coordination and exercise the muscles in their fingers and hands. This helps develop fine motor control they need to hold a pencil or crayon and to write letters and words.


  • Practice eye-hand coordination and exercise their fingers and hands.
    • Give toys such as rattles, board or cloth books, and large plastic rings to them.
  • Read books.
    • Reading and writing go together. Read to your baby.

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Parents and caregivers, here are some books on writing for babies.