It is never too early to start teaching your child to write. Your child is curious at a very early age and he will start trying to scribble when he sees a pencil, crayon or pen. They will try to write on the paper or of course walls and floors. My daughter at 12 months started showing a budding interest in scribbling. Now at 15 months she will run when she sees a marker and points to the construction paper asking for “more, more”.
We may sometimes think our children are not ready but we limit them by not allowing them try something out. I myself thought my son was too young to starting tracing at 3 and was I surprised when he was telling me to stop holding his fingers that he could do it. What do you know? The little man was correct and his big momma was way wrong.
How to motivate your child to write:
1. Let them try different formats like stampers, pens, crayons (thin and fat), markers, pencils
2. At late age 2 or three create name tracing pdfs. I like to use this Dot Worksheet
3. Teach them to write their own name, nothing is as special as writing your name
4. Have them write with other children, tot programs, park or library activities
Writing is essential in our daily lives. As much as phones, computers and other screens are replacing paper writing will never go away. The actual writing is something that is necessary and leads to other areas like drawing. Interest in writing and other simple things we take for granted can be indicators of child disabilities but are not 100% either.
I like to stock up on crayons and other supplies when kids go back to school so that they are cheaper and losing a crayon or having a few broken ones are not as big of a deal. Have fun writing and seeing your child write their own name on their own.