No post from me last week. We celebrated our three year old’s birthday and I was just plain tuckered out from all the fun. I recently read an article by Martha Beck encouraging people to take a break and just relax. It’s easier said than done for me but I’m working on it.
While I was offline, my now three year old asked if he could learn how to write “like his daddy”. I promised him that I’d pull together fun activities to help his little hands grow strong enough. I’ll share the pre-writing activity packet I’m working on when I finish the final touches next week.
UPDATE: Check out the pre-writing activity pack by clicking here.
In the meantime, I thought I’d pass along a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside. These colorful alphabet tracing cards use a font that’s very similar to Handwriting Without Tears’ – a popular handwriting program for kids. The simple circles, lines and curves are designed to help children learn to write letters more quickly.
So, you’ve probably already guessed one way you can use these cards: laminate each circle, give them to a child and have him trace the letters over and over again using a vis-a-vis marker like this:
But that’s not all! Here are four more ways to play:
Help your child arrange the cards in ABC order.
Take turns randomly pulling a card from the pile and naming a word that starts with the letter chosen. In the example below, the player might say, “ox”. Then, Player Two would pick a different card from the pile and name a word starting with the letter written.
Print out two copies of the printables and cut them out. Lay the cards face down on a flat surface. Invite Player One to turn over two cards. If they match like the photo below, the player keeps them.
But if they don’t match, Player One turns the cards over and lose his turn. Then it’s Player Two’s turn to try and find a pair.
When all cards have been claimed, players count up their matches. The player with the most pairs is the winner.
Hide ‘n Seek
The name says it all. Hide the letters throughout your house and send your child on a hunt to find them. Easy peasy and oh so fun.
Ready to download your own copy of the tracing cards? Click here.
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