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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Start with tracing the letters in their name. They will feel very accomplished and important when they can write out their own name.