To me, tracing for toddlers shouldn’t be on worksheets.
I understand the reasoning for it, and applaud those of you that attempt it. As for my kids, they’re not going to sit and do a worksheet. Its just not gonna happen. Henry’s excited to do them now (he actually asks for worksheets at bedtime to practice spelling words) at age 6. But, as a toddler, there’s no reason for it.
My kids love to move, and I believe they should be! They should also be involved in what they’re doing, their whole body!
That’s what kind of tracing this is. Tracing lines with objects. Toddler style.
I taped lines on the floor using painter’s tape.
Like I mentioned in yesterday’s article, if you don’t have painter’s tape (shame on you, its the best!) you can take this outside and use sidewalk chalk instead. Simple and easy solution.
I actually taped out Louis’ name. But this activity has nothing to do with his name. He’s too young to learn the letters of his name, but its never too early to work on letters and name recognition. I just used it as a starting point for that, but never made this tracing activity about the letters or his name. They were just lines.
The boys had blocks out, so that was my first suggestion to use to trace the lines of his name.
Louis lined the blocks up, one by one, side by side to cover the letter L.
The L used up all the blocks we had out! Uh oh!
What other objects could we trace lines with?
George joined us then and found pieces of our Build It Bits & Bobs Set to trace the letter O with.
The boys then grabbed the train engines and cars that we had to trace the letter U.
I love how they worked together!
And by that time, they were starting to lose interest. Maybe because the trains distracted them and they started playing with them instead. George went on to trace the I with the Build It Set again, but that was it and they were done.