I never did do much for tracing letters with Henry. George is all about writing and drawing though, so this was right up his alley.
We have a large chalkboard to use, but we could (and probably should!) do this outside on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk and water too.
George constantly asks for water activities (is this line in every post that I do? It seems like it is sometimes…), so we mixed water with learning and writing. Just a step above our water painting activity.
I drew shapes or letters on the chalkboard and George used a paintbrush to trace them.
Not only does it help with his pre-writing skills (such as his fine motor skills), but it also helps him to identify the letters and shapes he’s tracing. A couple of questions and comments can go a long way.
“Wow George! You just drew a circle!”
“An ‘H’! You traced the letter ‘H’ George!”
“Look what you just drew! What did you make? A square or a triangle?”
I’ve also put together a list of 20 activities that are great for beginners to learn their letters. This one would fit right in!
Get The Toddler’s Busy Book (affiliate link) too for every day activities.