The preschool years are full of discovery. Kids between the ages of 3 and 5 begin to grasp concepts and ideas at an unbelievable pace.
Preschoolers generally have a strong desire to learn as much about the world as possible. This desire tends to be accelerated when children are surrounded with older siblings or playmates who have already mastered the skills that they are still working on. Often times, this can lead to frustration.
My 4 year old is currently struggling with this issue. With 3 older brothers, and many friends who are older than him, he is really wanting to learn how to write.
He’s determined, and although I don’t want to discourage him, I can tell that he doesn’t quite have the fine motor control that is required to form letters and numbers properly.
To help him, we’ve been doing a lot of tracing and pre-writing activities. This one has been his favorite.
What we used:
- Easel Paper
- Toy cars
I started by taping a large sheet of white paper to our coffee table. Then, I used several different markers to create lines on the paper, making sure to draw various curves and angles. I set out a few toy cars, and we were ready to begin.
Zahir began using the cars to trace the lines on the paper.
This activity provided a wonderful opportunity to work on strengthening the small muscles in his fingers and hands, which is necessary for writing.
Tracing is a great way to introduce kids to the world of writing, and although it’s certainly important to use traditional writing utensils (pencil, pen, crayon), it can be much more engaging for children to use a toy or other special item until they become more proficient.
While tracing letters and numbers, young children often become frustrated when they aren’t able to stay on the lines. Simple pre-writing activities, like this one, can be great confidence boosters.
Interested in more preschool activities? Be sure to check out our Preschool Activities Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.