A study of 60-to 89-mo.-old children's skill at writing numerals

Arnas Y. , Sigirtmac A. , Gul E.

PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS, vol.98, no.2, pp.656-660, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.2466/pms.98.2.656-660
  • Page Numbers: pp.656-660


The skill of writing numerals necessitates a certain developmental maturity. Studying the age at which children start to develop this skill and assessing problems they encounter while writing numerals should give direction to their training. From 8 schools a total of 267 children, ages 60 to 89 me., were asked to write the numerals 1 to 9. Analysis showed that 80% of the children wrote most of the numerals correctly, 15% wrote inverted numerals, 2.0% wrote some numerals as letters, and 4% did not write certain numerals at all. In addition, 64% of children ages 60 to 65 mo. gave correct responses, and the perception of correct responses increased across age groups until 95% were correct in the group who were 84 to 89 me. There was no significant difference between girls and boys in these writing skills.