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Tracing Activity – Printable Pre-Writing Cards

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If you’re looking for a tracing activity for preschoolers and toddlers, don’t miss out on these fun printable line, curve, and pattern cards! They are easy to print and a great way to prepare young kids for writing!

What I love most about this tracing activity is that the cards are erasable so children can do them over and over again. Once you dive into this simple tracing activity, kids will be on a great path to writing letters and numbers!

Preparing Kids for Writing

Before kids can start writing letters and numbers, mastering the process of writing lines and curves is key. Tracing activities are fantastic for strengthening fine motor skills, improving pencil grip, and practicing hand-eye coordination. This pre writing activity comes with 30 trace-able cards from simple lines to complex real-life patterns.

Skills: Practical Life Skills
Ages: 2 Years +
Prep Time: 15 Minutes

How to Set Up This Tracing Activity

Here’s how you can make and play with this fun and simple pre writing activity. In this video, you’ll see that you’re just a few steps away from having so many tracing cards for your little one to use! It’s a fast and easy way to give them the confidence they need to start writing!

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How to Set Up This Tracing Activity

Here’s how you can make and play with this fun and simple pre writing activity. In this video, you’ll see that you’re just a few steps away from having so many tracing cards for your little one to use! It’s a fast and easy way to give them the confidence they need to start writing!

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

A Tracing Activity You Can Print!

This pre writing activity couldn’t be more simple to set up! First and foremost, go grab our printable tracing cards!  This tracing activity set comes with 30 cards from simple lines to detailed patterns on real life objects.

Writing lines and curves can be tricky for young kids, so making the cards erasable and reusable is important! If a kiddo makes a mistake, they can easily erase and try again without getting discouraged. To make the cards erasable be sure to use a laminator and dry-erase markers.

Has your kiddo mastered the art of writing lines and curves? Don’t miss our printable books for uppercase and lowercase letter writing – it’s all about learning letter formation, tracing, and then writing letters independently. Plus, we also have traceable cards for letters and numbers too!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Laminate the tracing cards.

Step 2

Cut out the cards.

Step 3

Use dry erase markers to trace over and over again.

Step 1

Laminate the tracing cards.

Step 2

Cut out the cards.

Step 3

Use dry erase markers to trace over and over again.

Educational Benefits for this Tracing Activity

Tracing activities have so many benefits for young kids!  It is a pre writing activity that strengthens many skills, setting the foundation for writing letters and numbers. Here are just a few benefits from doing this activity:

(1) Fine Motor Skills: Before a child can write, fine motor skills must be strengthened. Fine motor skills are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that are critical for writing. Read more about what are fine motor skills and why they are important? Tracing activities like this allow the fingers and hand muscles to get stronger and movements more smooth.

(2) Pencil Grip: This pre writing activity improves pencil grip through practice. Correct pencil grip involves the pencil being positioned between the thumb, index and middle fingers while the ring and pinky is bent into and resting, and the pencil rests on the hand between the thumb and the index finger. Correct grip is critical for transitioning to writing letters and numbers as an incorrect grip can make writing more difficult and cause young kids to get tired and discouraged.

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(3) Hand Eye Coordination. Tracing activities help young kids in coordinating their hand motions to what the eyes see. 

(4) Crossing the Midline. What is crossing the midline? For writing, it is the act of moving your hand/arm across the middle of your body to work on the opposite side of your body. This is a skill we are not born with and develops in the early years. It also occurs, for example when one side of your body crossing to the other side of your body to tie a shoe.

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Educational Benefits for this Tracing Activity

Tracing activities have so many benefits for young kids!  It is a pre writing activity that strengthens many skills, setting the foundation for writing letters and numbers. Here are just a few benefits from doing this activity:

(1) Fine Motor Skills: Before a child can write, fine motor skills must be strengthened. Fine motor skills are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that are critical for writing. Read more about what are fine motor skills and why they are important? Tracing activities like this allow the fingers and hand muscles to get stronger and movements more smooth.

(2) Pencil Grip: This pre writing activity improves pencil grip through practice. Correct pencil grip involves the pencil being positioned between the thumb, index and middle fingers while the ring and pinky is bent into and resting, and the pencil rests on the hand between the thumb and the index finger. Correct grip is critical for transitioning to writing letters and numbers as an incorrect grip can make writing more difficult and cause young kids to get tired and discouraged.

(3) Hand Eye Coordination. Tracing activities help young kids in coordinating their hand motions to what the eyes see. 

(4) Crossing the Midline. What is crossing the midline? For writing, it is the act of moving your hand/arm across the middle of your body to work on the opposite side of your body. This is a skill we are not born with and develops in the early years. It also occurs, for example when one side of your body crossing to the other side of your body to tie a shoe.

 

More Pre Writing Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Here are my top picks for toys and resources you can buy that prepare your kiddo for writing!

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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