My boys love to learn to write the alphabet in a variety of different ways. They even love handwriting worksheets – but I’m quite sure that’s because we do a lot of other hands-on learning before we get to that stage.
I find that making handwriting practice fun is pretty simple when I follow the pattern of ideas I outline below.
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We always start with something very simple: filling in a large block letter with objects. A bonus is when we can find objects that start with the same sound as the letter itself. I love that yellow starts with y. That made it easy. 🙂
My Three filled his letter Y with yellow color tiles. (My color tiles are a leftover manipulative from my teaching days – definitely worth purchasing because you can do so much with them!) Get our giant letter Y here: Giant Letter Y – the measured mom.
We always try to make the letter with objects from our house — so far we’ve only done straight letters, so it’s pretty easy to find something that works. Today we used yellow yarn.
Then I gave my Five three pieces of yellow pipe cleaner. If starting with the /y/ sound isn’t important to you, try one of these ways:
- Lincoln logs
- uncooked spaghetti noodles
You get the idea!
Creating a letter out of tiny manipulatives is a challenge only my Five is ready for. He easily made a Y using yellow power magnets on a baking sheet.
My boys like to write the letter with their fingers – especially if the writing surface is something they love to eat! This time they had fun licking their fingers after writing the letter Y in yogurt (tinted with yellow food coloring).
These handwriting worksheets are a great beginning step for preschoolers. They start with the largest letter and work their way down to the smallest — but if your little one isn’t ready for the smallest letters, don’t push. My Three crossed out the little Y’s.
The red starting dot is a great guide, and the bubbly letters leave room for shaky writing. Get letter Y (and the rest of the alphabet) here.
Here’s a stage two handwriting page. Both my Three and my Five like to do these, but I definitely wouldn’t push it on a three-year-old unless he showed an interest. Get your page here.
Our final handwriting page starts with a lot of support and ends with just a single dot for a starting point. If your child can master these, he’s ready for traditional handwriting pages. Get your copy here.
Looking for creative ways to write the rest of the alphabet? This image will take you to what you’re looking for!
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