Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing: Pre-writing Activities for Kids Series

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I can't believe we are already at the end of the pre-writing activities for kids series here on the blog! I have enjoyed sharing some fun tips and activities for your toddlers and preschoolers for pre-writing practice! So far we have looked at horizontal & vertical lines, circle shapes, cross shapes, squares & rectangles, and diagonal lines & the “X” shape.

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Let's review the developmental sequence that children learn pre-writing shapes and lines.

  • Vertical line
  • Horizontal
  • Circle
  • Cross shape (+)
  • Right/Left Diagonal Line
  • Square
  • X shape
  • Triangle

Today we are finishing up with the diamond and triangle shapes in a fun sensory tracing activity. There is also a free printable for you to grab for this activity.

Items Needed for the Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing Activity:

This activity is very simple, yet gives your child some great pre-writing stroke practice.

The first thing you will want to do is choose your sensory medium. I used couscous for the pictures in this post. Since my daughter is still a little young for this activity I did not have her actually complete it yet. I would not do this activity for a child under 3 years old, simply for the fact that they will probably try to place the small pieces of rice or couscous in their mouth. Also since diamond and triangle shapes are not mastered until 4 years old, this activity would not be age-appropriate for under 3 years old as well.

Next, you will want to print out the diamond and triangle shape printable that I included for you above! Feel free to laminate it if you wish to use it more than once to help the paper held up well. Place it on a task tray and cover it with your sensory medium.

Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing - Prewriting Activities for Kids Series
Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing - PreWriting Activities for Kids

Then have your child use their pointer finger or a paintbrush (using the paintbrush is a great time to practice age-appropriate pencil grasp) to trace the shape. You may need to move some of the sensory media yourself so that your child can see the start point of where to trace the lines.

Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing Activity
Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing Activity

After they trace the line, then have them scoop the rest of the sensory medium out of the middle while using their fingers.

Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing Activity

The end result will look like this! After they have finished with the sensory tracing, have them pick out a crayon or pencil and trace each shape, then color each shape a color of their choice.

Also, while doing this activity you can talk about which shape is bigger and which is smaller. There is a small and large version of each shape on the printable. Lots of great skills being practiced here in a fun way!

Skill Used with Diamond & Triangle Sensory Tracing Activity

  • Pre-Writing skills
  • Proper pencil/hand grasp on writing utensils
  • Finger isolation – using the index finger to trace on the shapes
  • Coloring skills
  • BONUS – have your child cut out the diamond and triangle shapes after they color them for added scissor skills practice!
  • Visual-motor skills

Other activities in the Pre-Writing Activities for Kids Series

You can also get many more ideas from my Pinterest boards:

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog's board Handwriting Skills & Activities on Pinterest.

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog's board Fine Motor Skills Prek & Up on Pinterest.

This activity is part of my ebook Basic Shapes for Beginners: A Hands-On Approach to Pre-Writing Strokes for Preschoolers.

Basic Shapes for Beginners

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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  1. Love this simple yet effective activity. Thanks for linking this activity to Tuesday Tots. Just letting you know that I am featuring it this week in a playful maths roundup. haha. Great for shape learning as well 🙂

  2. Vanessa Wright says:

    Hi! I know this content was published 6 years ago… It’s normal some links don’t work.

    The printable diamonds and triangles comes up as a 404 error.

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