Here’s an easy idea for practicing writing the alphabet – writing in sugar! Sometimes it helps to get more of the senses involved when working on writing. We got this out for letter “S” because it’s hard for Gresham to remember which way it faces.

You can also write in shaving cream, sand, salt, etc, but we chose sugar because it wouldn’t harm Owen if he ended up eating some of it! I put the sugar in a cake pan to contain the mess, and this worked really well because we could just shake it gently between letters to “erase!” Gresham loved it, and got it out again when Dad got home to show him all the letters he can write!

We established a “one finger rule” to keep the mess down – since this is a school time activity (and not a digging activity), boys can write with one finger only!

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  1. Esther Irish Jan 25, 2011

    We did salt once! It was a case of the baby dumped it all over the floor so we might as well get some good use out of it. I'm enjoying your posts and guest posts!

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    1. Sarah Jan 25, 2011

      That's funny! We tried writing in shaving cream once, but Gresham HATED it. I don't know if it was the wetness or the gooey-ness or what! So I thought we would try a dry texture this time!

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    2. Laura Jan 25, 2011

      I've used uncooked rice. We dyed it a color, too. Kept it in plastic bag or tub to reuse. Sometimes those extra senses really help!

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