Do you have a preschooler who’s reluctant to write the alphabet? Handwriting practice is important – but did you know you can accomplish it without pencil and paper? Find some other ways to practice letter writing if your kids aren’t ready for those worksheets.
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At our house, my dot sticker pages are most enjoyed by my two and three-year-olds. My Three (almost four) wasn’t interested this time, so my recently-turned-Two got his first chance to try one. He loved it! He’s just starting to learn his alphabet and didn’t remember this was the letter Z even two minutes into the activity. No matter! It can take a lot of fine motor fun before it sinks in. (Get this and my other dot sticker pages here.)
I like to have my kids make straight letters with objects from around the house – and if the object starts with the letter we’re working on, that’s a bonus! Since I don’t sew, I don’t happen to have any zippers around the house. So I created some with clip art, cut them out, and had my Three form the shape of Z. This was very tricky for him… which tells me we need to work at doing more of this sort of thing.
My Five had fun making the letter Z with zoo animals. (We love our Schleich toy animals!)
I like to have my kids write the alphabet with their finger before moving to pencil. We wrote “M” in mustard and “Y” in yogurt. What is there for letter Z? All I could come up with was zucchini. I actually shredded one and put it on a plate, but my genius idea wasn’t so brilliant.
So I pulled some millet out of the cupboard, which made a very fun writing surface for my Five. Unlike the zucchini, it actually worked.
My Three completed one of my level one handwriting pages. This is something you shouldn’t push if your child isn’t ready for it. Or you can just have him try the largest letters.
My Three has been writing his letters on these pages for quite a few months. So he’s ready for the level two handwriting page. (Notice that perfection was not the goal here!)
My Three wanted to try this page, but halfway through the first line he quit. My Five will be starting kindergarten in the fall, so these level three handwriting pages are just the thing he needs.
Check out the other fun ways we’ve written the alphabet: