Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.7, Question No.23
Question: Is it permissible for a small child to read from a copy of the Qur.aan without [being in a state of] wudhoo?
Response: [It is important] they should be taught to do wudhoo. If they happened to touch the Qur.aan [without being in a state of wudhoo], then this is overlooked because they are young. However, they should not be left [like that, rather] they should be taught to do wudhoo. And whatever occurs with them touching the Qur.aan without [being in a state of] wudhoo, then all of this is overlooked [until they are taught]. That is because in the past, some verses of the Qur.aan would be written on tablets for the children to learn the Qur.aan – and because they were very young, they were excused from [being in a state of] wudhoo – just so they could learn. However, [it is very important that] they should be taught to do wudhoo, and reminded to do so [every time they read from a copy of the Qur.aan].