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Tracing the lines is a fun pre-writing activity for preschoolers.
Tracing the lines, aka line tracing, helps to develop fine motor skills. These skills are necessary for kids who are learning to write.
Line Tracing Workbook: A Prewriting Skills Building Book for Kids is a great way to get little ones started on their writing journey!
How do preschoolers practice writing?
I see this question come up a lot and the answer might surprise you!
Early writing skills don’t necessarily have anything to do with paper and pencil.
Before little ones can begin tracing the lines, they need to develop their fine motor skills and strengthen the muscles in their little fingers.
There are several ways this can be done and the good news is that they lots of fun!!
- Play with playdough or clay- manipulating playdough or clay helps to build a child’s finger muscles. This will eventually allow them to grasp a pencil or crayon correctly. Check out these ABC playdough mats to help you get started!
- Lacing Activities- Running a string through a small hole takes a lot of hand-eye coordination which makes it a really awesome prewriting activity. Check out these lacing cards from Teaching Mama.
- Finger Painting- Truly any time you can get your kiddo writing with the fingertip in anything fun like paint or shaving cream you are winning at this prewriting game. Here are 50+ Prewriting Activities from Happy Toddler Playtime that will inspire you!
Hello Line Tracing Workbook!
I designed this activity book to have a little something for all the stages of new writers.
Playdough Activity Pages
These pages are weaved through the book. They give kids the chance to work with their hands and fingers while learning the letters of the alphabet.
Have your child roll out the playdough with their fingers and you can place them right on the page.
If you want to protect the pages simply slip a sheet protector over them while your child is working.
The scissor activity at the bottom is also a great way to build those little finger muscles. Kids will have a blast looking for pictures that begin with the letter on the page, and you’ll enjoy watching them play and learn.
Alternatively, kids can draw a picture instead of finding one to glue.
Popsicle Sticks/Fine Motor Tracing
On the pages with the popsicle stick letters, kids can use just about anything to trace. Grab some popsicle sticks, toothpicks, or any other small object.
Allow your kiddo to “trace” along with the letter. This activity will build hand-eye coordination, and it will also strengthen finger muscles.
Build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with these tools:
- jelly beans
Trace & Color!
While they are learning and growing their fine motor skills, kids will have fun with engaging pictures to trace and color.
This book is jammed packed with pages to practice the strokes they will need to form letters.
The hands-on activities coupled with the trace and color pages really set your kiddo up for success in their writing journey.
It is as equally important to teach kids to write as it is to teach them to read.
However, they must have a solid foundation in order to not only write well but also to enjoy writing.
Here are some tips from a teacher!
- Never force young children to write. You should absolutely encourage it, especially if they are showing interest.
- Remember that writing is developmental. Some kiddos are ready long before others, and that’s ok. Kids will get there when they get there.
- Follow their lead. If you discover that they love one writing activity over another, be sure to include more of those in their day.
- Give children the freedom and space needed to move through the developmental stages of holding a pencil. Resist the urge to correct their pencil grasp—model correct form by playing with them. With lots of exposure to modeling, scissor skills, and muscle-building activities like playdough, kids usually have the correct form by 5 or 6 years old.
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There are over 100 pages to explore!