Writing is a very misunderstood concept. Early writing is not what you and I perceive writing to be. A child hardly ever uses paper and isn't yet expected to use pens/pencils.
Ways to help your child to learn to write:
* Paintbrushes and buckets of water outside - make shapes/lines/letters on the floor/fence/wall.
* Puzzles - the ones with the little pegs on top of the pieces are great for finger strengthening and co-ordination.
* Pegs for the washing line - the act of squeezing a peg helps to build muscle tone in fingers.
* Play-Doh - again, a great muscle strengthener. You do not need to 'make' anything specific; just the use of the tools and the squeezing/pushing of the doh is enough.
* Tweezers - You will find that most Reception settings will do a lot of work with tweezers when your child first starts school - picking up a range of different sized objects with tweezers requires a great deal of finger strength and co-ordination and encourages children to become familiar with the 'correct' pencil grip.
* Peg boards.
* Cutting with scissors - A lot of parents find their child using scissors really daunting, but it is such a necessary skill and great for muscle strength and co-ordination.Cut strips or bits of paper and stick onto another piece of paper for a collage or use as confetti or cut out a shape or round an outline or between two lines - that's tricky!
* Lego or any block building.
* Sand play - tracing shapes in the sand - follow my finger/dig for treasure.
* Fastening buttons/zips on own clothes or dolls' clothes.
* Threading - beads on laces/laces on cards/string through hole-punched holes.
* Popping bubble wrap!
I bet you do several of these things at home with your child already and may not have realised that you are actually helping them on their journey to writing.