6 Pre-Writing Activities for Kids

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Over the last 6 weeks I have been sharing easy pre-writing activities for kids. These activities are designed for preschool age and today I wanted to share a list of all the activities for you so you can find them in one easy place. Children learn pre-writing lines in a developmental, age appropriate sequence as well. I wanted to also share this with you so you can see which age your child should know each pre-writing line or stroke by.

Also please remember these are suggested ages, every child develops at their own pace and so the ages may not be exact to your child’s development. If you do think your child is behind please consult with your physician or a pediatric Occupational Therapist.

6 easy pre-writing activities for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-5.

Developmental Sequence of Pre-writing Lines for Preschoolers

  • Vertical – (Age 2 imitates, age 3 copies/masters)
  • Horizontal  – (Age 2 imitates, age 3 copies/masters)
  • Circle – (Age 2, age 3 copies/masters)
  • Cross shape (+) – (Age 3 imitates, age 4 copies)
  • Right/Left Diagonal Line – (Age 4)
  • Square – (Age 4)
  • X shape – (Age 4)
  • Triangle (Age 5)

If you have any questions about age appropriate fine motor skills, you can check out my Age Appropriate Fine Motor Skills for Ages 0-6 Free Printable!

6 Pre-Writing Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

You can click each picture to take you to the post with that activity, or click the link directly below each picture.

Pre-writing Lines Sensory Bin - Prewriting Activities for Children Series | Golden Reflections Blog

Straight Lines Sensory Bin – For horizontal & vertical pre-writing lines

Pre-writing Activities for Kids - Pom Pom Task Tray

Pom Pom Task Tray – For circle shapes

Crossing Midline Parade – For cross (+) shapes

a fun DIY puzzle activity - My House is Made of Shapes Printable Packet : Pre-writing Activities for Kids Series | www.GoldenReflectionsBlog.com

My House is Made of Shapes Puzzle Printable – Squares and Rectangle Shape

A fun and easy DIY tac toe toe board for littles. Pre Writing Activities for Kids Series | www.GoldenReflectionsBlog.com

DIY Tic Tac Toe Board – Diagonal and “X” Shape

Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing Activity

Sensory Tracing – Diamond & Triangle Shape

All of these activities are part of my new ebook: Basic Shapes for Beginners – A Hands on Approach to Pre-writing Activities for Preschoolers! There are 30+ activities included, designed into a 6 week “program” for your preschooler ages 2-5. You can click the link above or the graphic below to go find out more about it.

Basic shapes for beginners ebook. www.GoldenReflectionsBlog.com

You can also find many more pre-writing and handwriting activity ideas on my Pinterest board below.


Disclaimer: Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. The advice in these tips are not to replace medical advice from a physician or your pediatrician. Please consult their advice if you suspect any medical or developmental issues with your child. These tips do not replace the relationship between therapist and client in a one on one treatment session with a individualized treatment plan based on their professional evaluation. All activities are designed for complete adult supervision. Please use your own judgement with your child and do not provide objects that could pose a choking hazard to young children. Never leave a child unattended during these activities. Please be aware of and follow all age recommendations on all products used in these activities. Golden Reflections Blog is not liable for any injury when replicating any of the activities found on this blog.


  1. says

    Great post. Always good to remember that making diagonal lines is something that is not expected before age 4. We have a precocious 4 year old who can write all of her letters, but of course struggles with “X”, “Y”, etc. Thanks for sharing. Great ideas for writing skills!

  2. Ana says

    Great Post! loved it. My 4 yr son, David, he was an early reader (we speak Spanish), he reads since he was 3, now he reads even better, but his handwriting is not up to his reading development; not sure if is the “table effect”, or if is just normal for his age.

    • says

      Hi Ana,

      At age 4, most children are able to copy or duplicate most pre-writing lines and SOME may start copying their name. Developmentally, kids do not begin writing the alphabet until at least age 5. As always there are some early writers or later writers. Hope that helps you some.


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