Crayons, paints, markers, fingers in shaving cream on a tabletop. Make writing activities available to your child and let them "scribble" their way to writing, a skill that will help them better absorb the concept of reading. Start with scribbled circles, move on to freestyle lines and shapes and then have them try the first letter of their name.
Is your child ready to practice letters? Print out handwriting practice worksheets at this website.