From iPads to pencils

September 1, 2014 STABILO

6 handy hints to help your child ditch the ipad for a pencil

Children are drawn to the shiny colourful screens of iPads. There are a huge number of apps out there that can be beneficial for children learning, for example vocabulary, maths and even learning to read. However, while these digital tablets can be great for keeping kids quiet for half an hour they can also be detrimental to their learning.

Cognitive and sensory stimulation are key in a child’s development, something that screens are very limited in, so restricting the time your toddler spends on the iPad is advised. But how can you encourage them to move away from the screen and pick up a pencil? Our 6 top tips will help boost your child’s interest in writing and drawing that will help with all aspects of their development and keep them away from the screen.

  1. Lead by example

Children love to copy grownups and so if your child sees you writing and drawing they are more likely to do the same. Doing activities together also promotes communication. Your child may already have their own version of ‘writing’ which means they have the strength to write but don’t yet know how to form letters and numbers. If you’re writing a shopping list, let them write one too, or draw a picture and get them to colour it in.

  1. Strengthen hand muscles and improve fine motor controlshutterstock_176031464

Your child needs to develop physical skills before they have the strength to grip a pencil properly and write. Playing with clay, building blocks, jigsaws or chunky beads and thread will all help to improve fine motor control and hand eye coordination so they find it easier to hold pens and pencils.

  1. Make writing and drawing fun!

Your child won’t want to dismiss the iPad and spend an hour drawing if you take the device away and give them a grey pencil. Make a creation station that looks irresistible with big pencils and chunky chalk in bright colours. The more interesting pens and pencils are, the more they’ll want to draw and write. Make sure the resources are easily accessible so they can use their own initiative whenever they want.

  1. Have regular drawing sessions

One of the best ways to encourage your child to get creative is to familiarise them with the activity. Have frequent drawings sessions several times a week with different activities so they enjoy and look forward to drawing and painting.

  1. Have letter days

Teach your child the alphabet and encourage writing with letter days. A B day would involve eating food that begins with B and doing B activities such as building a boat. You can get your child to make different letter Bs in paint, pencil, pen and glitter so they get used to the shape of the letter.

  1. Display your child’s workshutterstock_187915382

Put your child’s creative masterpieces up on the fridge or the mantel piece so they can see that you’re proud of their work. It will give them a sense of achievement knowing that they did that and will remind them how fun drawing and writing can be.

So put down the iPad and pick up a pencil! STABILO has a range of colourful stationery for young children. Click here to view our product range.




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