One of the first things kids learn as preschoolers is how to recognize and write letters and spell their name. Rather than just using a worksheet or having your child practice with pencil and paper, add a bit of fun and exploration with these 10 letter writing practice activities. Hands-on writing is much more exciting for preschoolers than simply writing the same thing over and over again, plus they may not be ready to grip a pencil well yet and these activities will help with the skills required to do so.
- Triple the Name Tracing Fun – This is a name tracing activity that has preschoolers tracing their name three times for a fun way to learn their name.
- Rainbow Name Writing Practice – Have them write their name over and over again in different colors to make a rainbow.
- Name Painting – Paint their name (or the letters they are working on) and let them trace it over and over in different colors!
- Cotton Swab Letter Tracing – This activity helps kids with proper pencil grip while practicing tracing letters.
- Your Name in Glitter – Kids love glitter! This activity helps children to get more familiar with letters and also works on hand and finger strength.
- Water Painting Handwriting Practice – Write letters on a chalkboard and let your child erase them as they trace each letter with a paintbrush and water.
- Squishy Bag – The more multisensory you make an activity, the more likely they are to retain the information. This DIY sensory bag lets kids practice tracing letters in a fun way.
- Fingerprint Names – Using a stamp pad, have kids trace letters using their fingerprints.
- Salt Sensory Tray – Write your child’s name on a sheet of paper and place it on a baking sheet, then cover with salt or flour and have your child trace the letters.
- Shaving Cream Writing – Teach the alphabet in a fun, hands-on, and multi-sensory way!
For more activities that help with fine motor and writing skills, check out this list!