Handwriting practice. What do those two words make you think of? For older children, we may think of workbooks and worksheets. But preschoolers need a much more varied approach. Did you know that handwriting practice for preschoolers can be fun? If you try some of these ideas, your little ones might just beg for it!
When teaching preschoolers to write the alphabet, it’s so important to start simple. I like to begin with a simple outline of the letter. My boys like to fill in the outline with small objects.
It’s a bonus when you find objects that begin with the letter you’re learning! My Five filled the M with dry macaroni.
My Three filled his M with these colorful power magnets (worth every penny!).
My Three likes to do these dot sticker pages that I make for him. See my entire collection here.
After that basic introduction to a letter’s shape, my boys create the letter out of objects we find in the house. My Five easily made an M with markers. This was a challenge for my Three, who needed a lot of help.
My Five used these magnet wands to create a very wide M. (The magnets are from our favorite magnet kit.)
Next, we create the letter with small objects and no frame. Of course I had to buy a bag of mini-marshmallows. This was easily the favorite activity! (You could use M & M’s, too, but I have no self-control around that candy.)
Before we move to pencil and paper, I like to have my boys write the letter with their finger. We pulled out the mustard!
For many months, this was the only sort of handwriting page my Five did (when he was my Four). My boys actually ask for these! As my older boy’s pencil grip improved, and he showed interest, I moved on to the pages you see below. To get a copy of my “Letter M’s of all sizes,” visit this page.
I created these pages to give my Five a lot of support as he writes the alphabet. Just two rows of large letters per page. For the first time, my Three asked to do this page as well. He did great and was so proud of himself! Get your copy here.
These worksheets are for a preschooler who is almost ready for those handwriting workbooks – but not quite. The page begins with a lot of support, gradually giving less until the last line, when kids are given just a starting dot. Get yours here.
And check out my big collection of fun learning ideas (and free printables!) for letter M: