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Writing in the Library!

The new ECRR 2 introduces five simple practices kids can engage in that will help them acquire the skills to be ready to read; singing, talking, reading, playing, writing. Most of these skills can be practiced easily at the library with Language Rich Environments. However, when you say write in the library most Librarians will cringe! Keep in mind that you can practice writing without a crayon, pen or pencil or paper. The practice of writing involves the recognition of shapes and letters as well as small motor coordination and then the combination of the two. When trying to incorporate writing in your children’s
space, think of activities that will develop small motor coordination and shape and letter recognition. I am listing a few that I have included in the children’s room at the Lexington Park Library, where I work as well as some I have seen in other spaces.

Magnetic Letters- like those for a refrigerator

Toddler Keyboards on AWE computers- for letter recognition

Bead Mazes- small motor coordination

Touch and See- scribbling and writing shapes and letters

Alphabet Bags- letter recognition

Magna doodles- scribbling and writing shapes and letters


How do you “write” at your library?


  1. Andy

    LEGO building blocks are terrific for eye-hand coordination and spacial relationships. I’m told autistic children benefit from LEGO also.

  2. Anastasia Tuckness

    The Touch and See heat-sensitive board is the favorite way of “writing” for kids in our library! We also provide an opportunity for them to write postcards to our mascot (he has his own mailbox). In addition, we have rotating activity displays such as whiteboards, and letter cards showing kids how to trace the shape of each letter. We also did a craft recently where kids drew a letter with glue and then glued yarn scraps onto it to create tactile flashcards. You can see our rotating displays here:

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