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.
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.