Christmas Bow Pre-Writing Line Practice + Includes a Free Printable

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Do you love adding in seasonal and themed activities into your child or student's day? The Christmas season is one of my favorites to create different themed activities that still practice great developmental skills. Today's activity is a great way to incorporate those small Christmas gift bows with some pre-writing line practice.

Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to get your free pre-writing line practice printable to go along with this activity!

Christmas bow pre-writing line practice for kids. Includes a free printable.

Christmas Bow Pre-Writing Line Practice Activity

This activity is very simple, you only need two things!

  • Small Christmas gift bows
  • Pre-Writing Line Practice Printable (see below for the download)
  • Wooden tray (optional)
  • Basket or wooden bowl (optional)

I like to print all my pre-writing line practice sheets on cardstock. This makes them a little sturdier than regular paper. You can also laminate the sheets if you want to ensure they stay nice and clean (plus reuse them over and over again).

I also prefer to set up activities on a flat, wood tray with a container for any loose parts (i.e. the Christmas bows). This is optional, but I find it works really well. This is particularly useful for setting it up ahead of time and using in an activity station. And if you use an open shelf concept for toys and activities (like we do in our home), it works really well. You can take the entire tray and place it on a shelf to use later (or your child can go use it later for independent work/play time).

I also did not take the cover off the sticky part on the back of the bows. This way you can use the bows over and over again.

Christmas bow pre-writing line practice for kids. Includes a free printable.

Pre-Writing Line Practice Activity Adaptations

This activity is geared more for older toddlers and preschoolers (3-5). You could also use it with a Kindergarten age student or child who is struggling with letter formation. It's also important to go back and make sure they have mastered pre-writing lines before trying to improve letter formations.

Also if your child is struggling with letter formations or holding a pencil, be sure to focus on some fine motor strengthening activities first.

If your child or student struggles with top/bottom or left/right directions, add a small green circle with a marker at the beginning of the lines. This is a great visual cue. Many children will quickly catch on that green means start. You can also add a red dot to the end of the line so they stop at the bottom.

Since I left the cover on the sticky part of the bows, if you have a child who is frustrated by the bows moving, simply take the cover off so the bows stick to the lines.

Christmas bow pre-writing line practice for kids. Includes a free printable.

You can also use any type of Christmas themed manipulative if you don't have mini Christmas bows. Jingle bells add a fun auditory component to this activity (this might not work as well in a classroom if there is already too much noise).

Christmas bow pre-writing line practice for kids. Includes a free printable.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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