Do you have a toddler or preschool age child and are they learning their pre-writing lines? Not even sure what pre-writing lines are? Today I wanted to share some fun and hand-on ways to practice pre-writing lines for your preschoolers.
What are Pre-Writing Lines?
Pre-writing lines are lines and shapes that toddlers and preschoolers learn in a developmental sequence that help them to form letters later on for handwriting. Lines down, across, cross shapes, circles, squares, diagonal lines are all considered pre-writing lines.
If you have been on Pinterest you have probably seen many pre-writing line pages to use with a pencil or crayon. However, using other ways to practice pre-writing shapes are important for fine motor strengthening and also double as great sensory experiences for your child. The more ways they can explore and feel the shapes and line for pre-writing, the more it will stick with them as they learn their letters for handwriting.
Hands-On Ways to Practice Pre-Writing Lines
Pre-writing lines are typically copied and trace on paper, however here are some fun, non-conventional ways to practice them.
- Use a paintbrush in sand
- Use a finger in shaving cream
- Use stickers to place along the pre-writing lines
- Use wooden sticks or craft sticks to place on top of pre-writing lines
- Use fine motor tweezers to place cotton balls along pre-writing lines
- Cover the pre-writing line page with cornmeal and trace with a finger
- Use bath crayons on the bathtub or during a shower
- Use play dough to form pre-writing lines
- Squeeze glitter glue along pre-writing lines
- Use pip-cleaners to place along or form pre-writing lines.
More Hands-On Resources for Pre-Writing Lines
Are you looking for more hands-on writing practice with your preschooler? Check out my book, Basic Shapes for Beginners, a hands-on approach to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers. It comes with 30+ hands-on activity ideas, plus a 6 week curriculum plan, shopping list, printables needed and even more resources.