Our salt sensory tray has been in frequent use lately as a tool for beginning writing. Salt has the benefit of being slightly translucent so you can provide a guide sheet underneath for your child to follow as they learn to write their name.
- Write your child’s name on a slip of paper and place it on the bottom of the box. We started with all capital letters because he was overwhelmed looking at the lowercase letters.
- Pour salt over the name.
- A gentle shake distributes the salt over the writing.
- Your child can still see the letters beneath the salt and use them as a guide.
- If your child would like, you may guide their hand at first to show the direction the letters are written.
We use our salt tray for sensory integration (just swishing fingers in and playing,) for practicing letters, and as a base for imaginary play scenes. The ability to just shake away mistakes can be very liberating to children who have a perfectionists streak.
Do you have a favorite way to teach your child to write their name? This is one thing my four year old is into lately.
Leave me a comment and let me know what works for you.