Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY BUILDING CLOSED FOR GENERAL USE

Our service hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Email us at info@amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238-2000

Our phones are very busy! If you are having trouble reaching us via phone, send us an email or use the chat box on the left.

CURRENT SERVICES AVAILABLE:

Appointment-based window pickups of reserved material and external book drop

Reservation-based, 45-minute computer, printer, and scanner use

Online programs, plus eBooks, audiobooks, and databases for all ages

Returns: Book drop (located near handicapped parking spaces) is now open for all returns - returned items will be quarantined for several days prior to check-in. Fines for materials due 3/1/2020 - 7/31/2020 are waived.

Early Literacy Activities: WRITE

Writing…the most difficult to understand of the pre-literacy skills. How can I work on writing when my baby can’t even hold her own bottle? Writing definitely comes later when preschoolers have refined their motor skills and strengthened their muscles – but pre-writing skills are anything that can build those fine motor skills and muscles.

 As your baby grows to become a toddler, you can guide her hand to trace shapes and letters. Straight lines, wiggly lines, zig zags, triangles, squares, and circles are a great place to start even before she can recognize letters. As she gets older and masters the shape movements, start with simple letters - bonus if your little one can work on the first letter of her name! Using different textures can help her “feel” the shape or letter as well as see it. Try these activities:

  • Cut letters or shapes out of different textured surfaces (smooth cloth, sandpaper, craft foam, etc.) and help him trace the letter with his finger. 

  • Fill a shallow tray with various media and have him trace shapes and letters through it. Try water, sugar or sand, shaving cream, or anything else you want to clean up… I mean, experiment with!

  • A slightly cleaner version of the above is to make gel bags by putting hair gel into a Ziplock bag. Reinforce the seal with duct tape, and lay the bag on a flat surface. Have her make letters by pushing the gel around inside the bag. (This is often done with a bag full of hand sanitizer – but that might not be how you want to use it these days!)

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