Learning To Write
There are four main stages of drawing/writing that toddlers and pre-schoolers move through. Random Scribbling - where they use the whole arm moves to make the scribble marks, Controlled Scribbling - where they start to hold the crayon between their thumb and forefinger in a more usual pen grip which allows them to draw more defined shapes, Then they move on to Lines & Patterns - where they start to use dots and lines and to tell you what they say, and the final stage Picture of Things where they start to create recognisable pictures. They also realise the difference between drawing and writing – they may draw a story with a picture and some words for you.
Something like the magnetic play centre is a great tool – not only does the chalkboard allow for free drawing, but the magnetic letters allow for lots of early spelling games as your child grows more confident.