"Pre-writing". Having a 2 year old little boy, has also shown me the importance of building these skills.
Because of that class I was able to tell my friend not to worry, it will come, but also not to start with writing right of the bat, it's too hard and tedious! Instead I relayed the importance of developing the muscles in their hands (pincher reflex), and writing on different surfaces to get a feel for it. All of those things LEAD to writing and writing well.
Since then I have been searching the internet for activities to do with my big guy once I was home again. One thing I found that was EASY to do was make homemade silly putty and have him find objects in it, and then dig them out. The original idea came from Play At Home Mom who has a TON of great ideas of activities to do with your kids. My version was simple, take the silly putty and put the glass beads that you get at the dollar store inside to have him find and collect. He LOVED IT. This kept him entertained for at least 30 minutes, which was a win in my book. I have placed the recipe below the pictures for anyone who would like to attempt to make it.
1 bottle school glue
Equal part liquid starch (I got mine from walmart in the laundry section)
**In your mixer with your paddle attachment place in the glue. Pour liquid starch into glue bottle (I recommend doing this over the sink, instead of over the bowl so you don't overflow and mess up your recipe). Pour the measured out starch on top of the glue. Mix on a low setting for at least 5 minutes. It will be the consistency of GAK (if you remember that stuff from way back when).