13 Fun Writing Activities for 4 year olds

Are you looking for creative and fun writing activities for 4 year olds? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of some fun, educational and creative writing projects for preschoolers.

The following article includes a variety of fun writing activities that you can use to help your 4 year old develop his or her writing skills.

13 Writing Activities for 4 year olds

Here’s our list of fun pre-writing activities for 4 year olds.

1 – Create a Story Together

Ask your 4 year old to help you create a funny or silly story.

Sit down with your child and ask him or her to help you write a funny story. You can brainstorm ideas together or even have your child dictate a story to you. You can then write the story down using big words and funny pictures.

2 – Use Funny Words

If your child is learning the alphabet or is just starting to learn to read, then you can use funny words to help him or her develop an understanding of letters and words.

Just try using funny words in your speech. For example, use words like:





All of these words sound funny and will help your child to remember them. You can also then teach them how to spell the words.

3 – Salt Tray Drawing

This is a fun, creative project that can help your child learn to form letters without making (too big) of a mess. All you need is a tray with salt. Children can use their fingers to make shapes in the salt. Helping them form letters with their fingers will help your child to learn to write.

4 – Shape Tracing

This is another fun and creative activity that will help your child to learn to write. Trace shapes like stars, circles and squares into your child’s back with your finger. You can do this in the bath or even on a warm summer’s day.

5 – Playdough Shapes

Playdough is a great toy that you can use to help your child learn all about shapes. By making shapes out of playdough, your child will learn to recognize and form shapes in the real world. You can make shapes out of playdough and then ask your child to make the same shape using playdough.

6 – Paper Cut Out Letters

Help your child to learn to write by cutting out paper letters and having him or her place them in the correct order to make words.

7 – Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk is always a fun toy to play with. You can use it to teach your child to write letters by spelling out words using big letters on the sidewalk. The best part is that the next time it rains, it’s all washed away and you can do it all again.

8 – Make a Mural

Make a mural to teach your child to write letters. You can use chalk, paint, crayons or pencils to draw letters on a large piece of paper. When your child draws in the letters, it will help him or her to learn to recognize the different letters in a word.

9 – Play I Spy

Play I Spy with your child. This is a fun way to teach your child about objects and words. You can use it to help your child learn to recognize words, understand them and then write them down.

10 – Clay Letters

This is a great project that your child can do with you. Use some clay to mold letters and then bake them in the oven. After they have cooled, you can help your child paint them. Then you can combine them to show your child how words are formed.

11 – Word Puzzle

Create a word puzzle for your child to complete. You can do this using very big letters or small letters. It’s a great way to help your child learn to recognize particular words and how they are formed.

12 – Word Scavenger Hunt

Hide words written on index cards around your home and have your child find them and write them down. When they find one, have them say the word and then write it down.

13 – Use Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to help your child learn and recognize letters. Write the letter on one side of a flashcard and the word on the other side. This will help your child recognize the letters and then write them down.


These activities should help you and your child have some fun and engage with writing at home. If you want to find out more about fun writing activities for 4 year olds then take a look at the rest of the website. We’ve got a ton of great articles on fun writing activities for preschoolers.

We’ve also got some great tips and ideas for games that you can play with your child to help develop spoken and written language skills.

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