Pre-writing activities for preschoolers at home

Pre-writing Skills for preschoolers
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Pre-writing activities for preschoolers at home

Pencil grip

Pencil grip is more important before kids start the actual writing. These kinds of prewriting activities give them the confidence to hold the pencil correctly, and they won’t feel the pain in hand.

Activity Id :33

Activity Name: Draw shapes

Benefits: Prewriting skills, Develops the ability to use both hands,

Required age: Above 3.5 years

Material needed: Scale, paper, pencil, any shapes (here I have used magnetic tiles and a round shape toy).

Draw a shape using ruler.
  • Ask the child to draw a line with the ruler. Let them firmly hold the ruler using one hand and draw the line with the other. 
  • In the same way ask them to hold the triangle, circular object, and draw the shapes. 
  • It is a good activity to use both hands before actual writing and excellent prewriting skills.

Activity Id :34

Activity Name: Connecting dots

Benefits: Prewriting skills, hand control , Pencil grip

Required age: Above 3.5 years

Material needed: Scale, paper, pencil, different colors

         I found this activity in a random Instagram post. Found interesting and did it.

Connect the matching dots by passing through the block.
  • Draw a rectangle and divide it into blocks. 
  • Mark the coloring dots 
  • The kid has to connect the dots by passing through the blocks. They usually connect it by drawing the line as they are familiar with that kind of matching. But here it’s a little trick. They are not supposed to draw and match the colors by crossing any line. They need to look at the path and draw the line to match it
  • My daughter was used to match by drawing lines, and so she did the same here too. 
  • It needs little practice to have that control. 
  • Please don’t force. Draw one model as a reference and explain them. If they are interested, let them do.
  • So, we need to mention the dots in such a way as it must not disturb the other matching line. That’s the trick for us. 
  • Matching shapes can be done, too, instead of colors. 

Activity Id :35

Activity Name: Connecting dots

Benefits: Prewriting skills, hand control , Pencil grip

Required age: Above 3.5 years

Material needed: Scale, paper, pencil.

  • Start with a 2*2 pattern.
  • Draw different patterns and ask the child to replicate.
  • Then move to 3*3 and 4*4 and so on.
  • These activities are to encourage pencil grip and kid has to enjoy the activity. The idea is not to complete the patterns.
  • Here she didn’t replicate all the patterns, and that is completely fine. 
  • Keep dots at a random place and ask them to connect all. 
  • Here she wants me to draw a shape and keep the dots inside that. 
  • Draw a big shape (circle, square, etc.) and ask the child to draw the smaller version of the same shape inside it. 
  • Here she couldn’t do hexagon, pentagon, and octagon, so she traces it over the shape. 

Activity Id :36

Activity Name: Connecting dots

Benefits: Prewriting skills, hand control , Pencil grip

Required age: Paper pen.

  • Keep dots/draw a small rod of 2 different shapes  in a row.
  • Ask the child to draw zig zag line without touching the dot/rod.
  • Draw some shapes in a dotted line and ask the child to trace it over.

Apart from this she does loads of free hand drawing as well.

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4 thoughts on “Pre-writing activities for preschoolers at home

  1. These pre-writing activities are too good. I have been doing this with my LO but will try to do the few new ideas that u have shared here, as well.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

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