Abacus4At the student interview, private schools typically ask preschoolers applying to kindergarten and prekindergarten to draw pictures and write their names.  Many parents, seeking to ensure that their children’s fine motor skills make the cut, seek out books and tools that help develop handwriting and drawing skills.  Here are some that we recommend to our clients and friends:

The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories  Ideas from a pediatric occupational therapist.

I Can Draw Animals (Kid Kits) Simple animal drawings that even the youngest child will enjoy copying.

I Can Draw People Who doesn’t like drawing ice skaters, ballerinas, and football players?

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Triangular Colored Pencils 24 pack  Triangular pencils and crayons help little hands develop a proper grip.

Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons – 24 pack  Melissa & Doug certainly have a good business going.

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Triangular Crayons  Like I said.

Kumon ABCs Uppercase Write & Wipe Flash Cards  Kumon takes it beyond workbooks.