Babies (0 - 15 months)
As your baby grows, drawing and scribbling will give her another way to share her ideas and express her feelings. Later on, it will help her do well in school and give her opportunities to use her imagination and be creative. Talking and reading with your baby also helps her get ready for future writing and drawing.
Your baby won’t be able to really hold a crayon and scribble with it until she’s about 12 months old. But you can do many things to help her develop the fine motor skills she needs for writing and drawing, such as showing her how to use her fingers to make marks in sand or on foggy windows, giving her a wet sponge to squeeze, or encouraging waving and clapping. When she is ready, guide her hand and help your baby make her mark.
Your baby loves you and wants to do the things that you do. Show her that writing is an important and valuable thing to do. Make a point to use paper and pencil or pen in front of her.