Looking for some input on the right age to begin to ask a toddler-preK age child to practice writing letters. Background is that I now have my 3 year old granddaughter two nights/2 days a week. Her parents both work and she's at in-home day care with other kids 3 days a week. She's a happy girl and I love spending time with her. Her parents and her other sitter think she should be learning to write her letters (she's not interested) and I'm thinking she might be a bit young yet. When she's with me, we do a lot of learning, just not much of 'sit at a table, hold a pencil and write the letter A across the paper' type of stuff. We read a lot of books and she's learning to recognize that letters grouped together make words and recognizes lots of words. She knows her colors and can count, so we do a lot of matching, opposites kind of games. We color 'inside the lines' sort coins, plant seeds, pick the garden, collect eggs. She helps me bake mini-muffins, decorate cupcakes, wash dishes, set the table, make the bed, play outside type of stuff. We talk about all the things we do, why it's important, where eggs come from, how vegetables grow, etc. .My thinking is that at this age (3), game playing that focuses on big and small motor skills, letters to word transition, spelling words with magnetic letters on the refrigerator type of stuff is more age appropriate for 3-4 years old. If I'm on the right track -- at what age do you begin to focus on actually learning to write letters?