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Write - Babies

  • Holding things helps children to coordinate small muscles in their hands and fingers. This is also one of the first steps toward being able to write.
  • Say this simple rhyme making a fist, then using a thumb. Development of fine motor skills also helps prepare children to write.
    • Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin? (Make two fists)
      Here I am. Here I am. (Stick up one thumb and then the other.)
      How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you. (Wiggle one thumb and then the other.)
      Run away. Run away. (Move fists behind one by one.)

  • Say the Pat a Cake nursery rhyme. Trace the first letter in baby’s name on their palm when you recite, “and mark it with a __.”
    • Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
      Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
      Pat it and roll it and mark it with B,
      And put it in the oven for baby and me.


Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Saroj Nadkarni. The Early Literacy Kit:  A Handbook and Tip Cards.

Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni & Martin-Diaz, Pamela.  2006. Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library:  Partnering with Caregivers for Success. Chicago:  American Library Association.

Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni & Martin-Diaz, Pamela.  2013. Story times for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy.  Chicago:  American Library Association.

 Every Child Ready to Read, Second Edition.  American Library Services to Children & Public Library Association.

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