Play to Write-Write to Read: Week 9

Welcome to Week 9!

If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to first read Play to Write-Write to Read: Week 1. Then, be sure to come back and join us for this week’s play group activities!

Welcome back! We are so glad you joined us again this week! 

Just a reminder those of you who are joining our Play Group each week, you are asked to please do 2 things:

1. Comment on how these activities worked or didn’t work with your child. Feel free to reply to one another to encourage and offer your advice as well! This will also be great to hold us all accountable to one another to actually follow through… don’t we all need a little of that!? :)

2. Share: Bloggers-you can link up a writing activity you’ve done with your child in the past to share with everyone. You are totally welcome to reteach the same strategies on your blogs and then link up those posts the following week (please do be sure to link back). Non-Bloggers & Bloggers we encourage you to teach/share these activities with another mom friend. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if more and more parents began to learn Best Practices for writing to ‘play’ with their kids; these types of activities are not just for teachers! Let’s empower each other by sharing!

The FUNdamentals

 (The FUNdamentals section focuses on guiding your toddler/preschooler through the basics of developing the fine motor and gross motor skills needed for the physical act of writing, but doing so with ‘fun’ activity.) 

Activities: Building Letters- Taking Notice of How a Letter is ‘Built’


1. Improve fine motor skills

2. Draw awareness of the different characteristics of letters

3. Improve letter recognition

4. Improve matching skills

4.  Have Fun!

Building Letters- ‘Taking Notice of How a Letter is Built’ 

1. Print out these great Letter Building Printables: Uppercase Letters & Lowercase Letters

2. Copy the ‘shape piece’ pages onto another color of cardstock paper. (*optional)

3. Cut out all the ‘shape pieces’.

4. Model for your child how to build a letter.

5. Work together to build a letter.

6. Encourage your child to work independently on building their letters.

Big Brother has working on letters A-F as of lately. I used this activity on a ‘review’ week to help him begin to notice how all the letters he had been learning were built. He absolutely loved this activity and wanted to do it again and again. It was a fairly easy activity for him, which allowed him to really begin to take notice of how some of the letters A-F had “long pieces” while other letters had “small bumps” or “big bumps.”  I allowed him to ‘name’ the different shapes. Already on the second day of Building Letters, he began saying, “Ok Mom, I need one long piece, and two little bumps for a B.” I was ecstatic that such a simple activity brought about so much critical thinking! 

Writing Practice

(The Writing Practice section focuses on a new ‘Best Practice’ Writing Strategy each week. A ‘Best Practice’ writing strategy is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to creating strong writers.) 

Activity: Make Your Own Chalkboard Paper


1. Make Chalkboard Paper

2. Create a fun writing surface for beginner writing practice

3. Practice painting skills

6. Have Fun!


  • Black construction paper (any size)
  • Mod Podge Matte (preferable) or Basic school glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalk
1. Cover one side of your black paper with a thin (yet complete) layer of glue.
2. Allow the glue to dry completely.
3. Color over the entire paper with chalk and then erase. (This will ‘season’ your chalkboard)
4. Your chalkboard is complete! Ready to Write!
Uses for your Chalkboard Paper: 
*practice writing letters
*practice writing numbers
*play games (tic-tac-toe, etc)
*write messages to family members
*cut into smaller pieces and use for gift tags, lunch box notes, etc
*drawing pictures

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  1. I am loving this series! I have been playing catch up by using a lot of the ideas in the series this week. My son loved the “fill in the blank” name practice! Perfect for what he has been working on. We also worked on line mazes and journal writing. Both have been so great. Thanks for this series.

    • Trina- We are so glad you’re joining us! Take your time and don’t feel like you have to rush to catch up, the posts will be here when you’re ready for them! :) So glad you are have great success with the activities!

  2. Hi,

    I am an occupational therapy student and I love this idea for the kids I work with but the building printables won’t load for me, is there any other way I could get them!
    Thank you

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