Kids love tracing. My daughter will sit there filling page after page, tracing numbers and letters. In an attempt to save a few trees, I got her a dry-erase book for copying her letters and numbers. Which works pretty well until she forgets to clean it or the pen dries out or her baby brother gets ahold of the marker and tries to eat it.
Even better? The LeapFrog Scribble & Write which they sent me to test out and has received almost daily use since then.
My daughter loudly proclaims that she is going to “go do work” on her “computer” and then sits down for a half an hour or more, tracing upper or lowercase letters. The Scribble & Write also helps reinforce phonics and there are “guess the letter” and “drawing” modes. There is a re-traceable surface over a grid of lights. When you are done drawing, you simply use the attached slider to erase and clear the surface.
As an educator, I think this is a fun and interactive way to build letter recognition and the fine motor skills necessary for writing.
My daughter feels a real sense of accomplishment when she presses “the paw button” and the lights disappear to reveal her perfectly traced shape or letter.
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