We know that preschoolers need to develop their fine motor skills to be able to control a pencil when they start writing. This is called prewriting practice. These fun prewriting practice packs can be used in addition to hands-on activities to develop fine motor skills.
Before we discuss these fabulous prewriting practice packs, I want to stress how important hands-on activities are to develop those fine motor skills. Activities like playing with playdough, sensory bin play, loose parts play, etc. are crucial to explore before you move onto paper-based activities.
Now onto our packs. At this stage, there are a Pirate Pack, Dinosaur Pack and Zoo Animals Pack. (Please do add a comment to request a specific theme.) You will find each pack has 13 pages of fun prewriting activities. Including upper & lower case letter tracing:
Number and shape tracing:
Plus writing lines and paths to trace:
You can decide, depending on your child’s abilities, which pages to introduce first. Typically, children learn to write lines and shapes before moving on to numbers and letters.
Note: These packs are designed to practice pencil control and not letter/number formation, hence no directions are given.
To make these printable pages reusable, laminate it or use a dry-erase pocket. Or, see our Perspex Clipboard hack on Instagram!
- Use small toys to “walk” the lines.
- Attach a page to a sensory bag so that you can see the lines through the sensory bag and trace lines that way.
- Use magnets: attach a magnet to a stick and move another magnet at the top to follow the lines.
Fun ways to practice those prewriting skills with our prewriting practice packs.