How do you feel about teaching your preschooler to write his letters? For some, that sounds about as fun as a twelve-hour car ride.
With the preschooler.
But guess what?
Teaching kids to write the alphabet can be fun!
Today I had a bunch of ideas in mind to teach my Four to write the letter K. But I have this habit of getting things together and then misplacing them.
It’s kind of like when I was teaching and we’d all take a break to help the teacher find the stapler.
I’m working on it.
But today I realized that I didn’t have to have piles of ideas… I could set them all out on the table and let my preschooler complete each fine motor activity one by one. It was a hit!
I had a set of ideas I wanted to use. I set up the stations and called my Four to get to work – I mean, fun. 🙂
I had organized the table so that it progressed from easiest to hardest activity.
1. First he wrote the letter K in shaving cream. My kids are squeamish about getting their hands messy, but – surprise! He loved it. I was on hand with a spatula to smooth out the shaving cream so he could write again and again.
2. After washing his hands, my Four wrote a K in colored sand. Don’t you love this wooden tray? It was part of another toy that I now use as our writing box. We put in some sand, cornmeal, salt or sugar – then write and shake when we’re ready to write again. None of my kids can resist it.
3. I set out one long straw and two short ones. My Four made a K in a few seconds.
4. This one was a bit tougher because I set out four pencils. Why the fourth one? My Four soon realized that he needed two pencils to make the long side.
5. Next was play dough.
6. It was getting tougher because he had to create without any kind of framework. This might have been too hard for my Three, but my Four was ready for it.
7. The challenge of making a letter with stickers is that you can’t fix your mistakes!
8. Now it was time for some traditional handwriting work. He started with this simple page — Letter K of all Sizes. You can get the page here.
Next, he traced very large K’s on two fat lines. Get yours here.
Finally he did this page, which starts out with a lot of support and gets much harder by the last line. Get your copy here.
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