It’s sometimes hard to find activities that both J and T can do that are true “learning” based – with 18 months difference there is a huge gap at the moment between where they are at but this activity I was able to adapt it for something that T is able to do and suitable for her age (20 months) and J (3 years and 9 months). This yarn shape and letter tracing works on letter and shape recognition as well as formation especially with letters working on the correct way to write to help an easy progression to “joined up handwriting”.

Pre-writing practice for Toddlers and Preschoolers with yarn, shape and letter tracing.

 

I started out by drawing and writing letters and shapes on pieces of paper if I had been more organised instead of spur of the moment I would have printed them out and cut up some yarn to reasonable lengths for the children.

Pre-writing practice for Toddlers and Preschoolers with yarn, shape and letter tracing.

Sitting at a table T was able to trace the shapes easily following the line whilst I worked with J on the correct way to form letters using the yarn to follow the route that is taken.

Pre-writing practice for Toddlers and Preschoolers with yarn, shape and letter tracing.

Once he had the hang of the route he practised each letter – we working on letters s, a, t, p, i and n as well as a capital J these are the letters that they are working on in Preschool and form the first sounds of the Jolly Phonics programme and I have left the letters and yarn out for him.

Pre-writing practice for Toddlers and Preschoolers with yarn, shape and letter tracing.

With T I helped her to trace the shape outline with the yarn as well as to fill in the shapes it gave us an opportunity to talk about then – we looked at circles, triangles, rectangles and squares and also the letter T.

Pre-writing practice for Toddlers and Preschoolers with yarn, shape and letter tracing.Check out our salt writing for another quick letter formation activity for preschoolers and you to work on together.

Pre-writing practice for Toddlers and Preschoolers with yarn, shape and letter tracing.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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