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ABC Tracing Activities

November 29, 2009

Give your child an opportunity to trace letters in a variety of mediums. Not only will it help to imbed the motion in their brain, it will be fun! Here are some ideas that you can use:

  1. Similar to many of the activities you can find for practicing spelling words, your child can practicing writing their letters using:
    • Sand – In the sandbox or on a box lid with a thin layer of sand, let your child trace letters one at a time using their fingertip.
    • Shaving Cream – Spray some shaving cream on the kitchen counter and have them use their finger tip to form the letters. When they are done, you’ll have clean, fresh smelling counters.
    • Play Dough – Use some play doughfor them to roll out to make the letters or flatten to write the letters in. Making it together is fun too and is a great fine motor activity.
    • Hair Gel – Put a small amount of hair gel in a plastic storage bag andseal it. Then have them make the letters in the gel. It feels swishy and there is no clean up!
    • Pipe Cleaners or Wikki Sticks  – Have them bend pipe cleaner or Wikki Sticks into the shape of the letters.
    • Paint – Let them paint the letterson the sidewalk or on large butcher paper.(perhaps make a guide for them to follow in block letters).
    • Sandpaper – Use a stencil to cut out letters from sandpaper, fuzzy fabric or corrugated cardboard.  This will make the letters have lots of texture for them to trace with their finger tip.
  2. Have them make the letters in the air with big arm motions.  Using their whole arm will help their fine motor skills and be fun to do.
  3. Paint the letters on a sidewalk using water and have your child identify the letter before it “melts” away.” Or they paint the letters on the sidewalk themselves.
  4. There is always the traditional tracing on paper.  You could use our house paper and draw the letters for your child to trace on it.
  5. Start with tracing the letters in their name.  They will feel very accomplished and important when they can write out their own name.
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One Response to ABC Tracing Activities

  1. mystique cream on January 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Hello there! This blog post could not be written much better!
    Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this post to him.

    Pretty sure he’ll have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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