For some children, writing is challenging because their fine motor skills need further development. Using Legos, finishing mazes, and using scissors are fun and easy ways to build dexterity.
Kids love to play with toys from familiar books and films, but some are really expensive! You can create your own with apps like Papercraft. Download and print 2D images that kids can cut out and paste together to make 3D shapes.
This app even works from a tablet or phone if you have a wireless printer. Let your kids try to follow all the steps themselves. They'll become more familiar with 21st century technology.
The game MineCraft is very popular today but the figurines kids can play with cost up to $25! Use Papercraft to design and create your own. You may have to help with some of the cutting and gluing, but encourage children to do most of the work. When they see their products they will be so proud! And, they will be developing strength in their hands to be able to tackle writing assignments later.
Help your children recognize common - and not so common - words and spellings by having Karaoke hour at home. There are tons of apps that can turn your smartphone or tablet into a karaoke machine. You may also be able to purchase one cheap! If you have YouTube, you can search for songs that have lyrics printed on the screen. Just use a spoon or toy microphone. And don't forget - model how to sing along. You should be participating, too!
It's okay if kids stumble or mumble. What matters is they are trying, and eventually, with repeated efforts, children will become experts at the words and be able to recognize them in other places.