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Pre-Writing Activity – DIY Tracing Board

pre writing activity with a diy tracing board

This DIY pre-writing activity board is a budget friendly way for kids to enjoy strengthening their pencil grip while practicing drawing lines! It is the perfect stepping stone to writing letters and numbers! Using simple materials, this pre-writing activity is easy to construct, customizable, and reusable!

A Pre-Writing Activity Kids and Growns Up Will Love

Preschool-aged children love this fun pre-writing activity because it keeps them busy and requires them to show their independence to complete it. Grown ups love this DIY tracing board because it’s a simple way to create an activity that doesn’t require a ton of time and effort.

For more ways to practice pre-writing tracing, read on to get our free printable pre-writing tracing cards and alphabet writing booklet!

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How to Make a Pre-Writing Activity Tracing Board

Here’s how you can make and play with this creative DIY tracing board. In this video, you’ll see how fast and easy it is to create a dedicated area for the kids to trace and create. This can easily be altered and used over and over again.

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How to Make a Pre-Writing Activity Tracing Board

Here’s how you can make and play with this creative DIY tracing board. In this video, you’ll see how fast and easy it is to create a dedicated area for the kids to trace and create. This can easily be altered and used over and over again.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Printable Pre-Writing Activity

Not only is this DIY activity super fun and easy to make (step by step instructions below!), but don’t miss our printable pre-writing tracing cards. They are a great way to practice tracing lines and patterns. The set of cards not only includes simple lines and shapes, but also real-life images with lines that need to be completed.

Is your kiddo great at tracing lines? Preschoolers can enjoy our printable uppercase letter writing bundle and lowercase letter writing bundle where they will not only learn letter formation,  but have the opportunity to trace and write letters independently.

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Put the adhesive paper on top of a piece of cardboard to make the workspace erasable and reusable!

Step 2

Hot glue the toothpicks to the cardboard in various patterns to encourage lines and curve making.

Step 1

Put the adhesive paper on top of a piece of cardboard to make the workspace erasable and reusable!

Step 2

Hot glue the toothpicks to the cardboard in various patterns to encourage lines and curve making.

What else can you use to create lines and curves on the cardboard?

I’ve used string and yarn as well as popsicle sticks too. Anything that you can use as a border so that the kids can push up against it to trace it is perfect. Keep in mind, you’ll want to use items that you don’t mind gluing to cardboard! 

Educational Benefits for this Pre-Writing Activity

This pre-writing activity is the perfect stepping stone to writing letters and numbers. The fine motor skills required to write letters and numbers need to be strengthened first.

Pre-writing activities like this DIY pre-writing board, and tracing activities like our printable cards are great ways for kids to get comfortable holding a pencil to achieve proper grip and stability.

Plus, it is a great way to encourage hand-eye coordination and become familiar with shapes and patterns. 

pre-writing activity erasable reusable
pre-writing activity erasable reusable

Educational Benefits for this Pre-Writing Activity

This pre-writing activity is the perfect stepping stone to writing letters and numbers. The fine motor skills required to write letters and numbers need to be strengthened first.

Pre-writing activities like this DIY pre-writing board, and tracing activities like our printable cards are great ways for kids to get comfortable holding a pencil to achieve proper grip and stability.

Plus, it is a great way to encourage hand-eye coordination and learn become familiar with shapes and patterns. 

Store-Bought Pre-Writing Activities

Here are my top picks for toys and games that will strengthening hand muscles and improve pencil grip!

Magnetic Alphabet Game

This magnetic alphabet game is not only a great way to reinforce letter recognition, but it is so great for strengtheing pencil grip!

Wooden Alphabet Board

This beautifully crafted wooden board is all about tracing the alphabet. Plus, it is reversible featuring both uppercase and lowercase letters!

Magnetic Letter Writing

This 2 sided board is a great tool for teaching writing. Children use the stylus pen to help them stay on the stroke.

Wooden Stencil Pattern Set

This wooden resource for pre-writing is a great stencil tracing set. It is a simulator for writing.

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