I’ve seen tons of fine motor skills activities on Pinterest lately. Beading projects, scissor cutting, playdough trays. They are all great for building kids’ hand-eye coordination and muscle strength so that they are ready to write on their own later. Conversation Heart Letter Tracing is a great way to build those important fine motor skills and helps children begin learning how to form alphabet letters. It’s a simple, fun two for one.
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I picked up a box of conversation hearts and blank index cards at the store. (The total cost was 85 cents after tax.) I wrote a different alphabet letter on each of the index cards and drew a small red heart and arrow at the top of each so that my son would know where to begin tracing the letter.
I invited my son to join me and explained that we were going to use the conversation hearts to do some letter tracing. “Where do you think we’ll place our first heart?” I asked.
My son looked carefully at the card. “Hmmm… right here?” he asked, pointing to the red heart.
“You’ve got it!” I said. “Place your first conversation heart on top of the red heart and then lay your next heart on the line right next to it.” C began tracing along the line.
When he was finished, C picked up a new card and started tracing it too. I always love watching him work but seeing him carefully lay the hearts side-by-side was especially fascinating because it took so much of his concentration. He loved the challenge and I loved knowing that he was one step closer to writing words on his own.
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