Becoming a writer requires two major skills,
Firstly, children need to develop physically in order to hold and control a pen. These physical skills develop through physical play; crawling, rolling, wrestling, climbing, and swinging; and through tasks which promote fine motor skills; painting, drawing, stirring, pouring, spooning, cutting, brushing, sewing, threading, peeling, spreading, chopping and kneading.
Secondly, children’s brains need to develop to understand the purpose of writing for communication. A child will need to understand that we can use a symbol to represent an object. For example, for a young child, a box may represent a boat; an older child is able to write the word ‘boat’ to convey this meaning to others. We call this ‘symbolic representation’ .They need to want to share their ideas through writing, and they need to be able to organize these ideas.