Toddlers 19 months – 2 years: 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.


  • Use markers, chalk, and paint.
    • Use markers to write on a white board. Use sidewalk chalk or a paintbrush with water to draw on the sidewalk, patio or deck.
  • Have fun at the beach.
    • Draw squiggles, letters or words in sand.
  • Paint the bath tub.
    • Provide bath paints for your toddler when they are taking a bath.
  • Sign it.
    • Have toddlers “sign” their artwork. It will help them start to learn how to write their name.

Learn more

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