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Writing is something that all kids need to learn at some point. But learning to write letters at the same time as they’re trying to learn how to control the pen can be very difficult for most kids.
Using pre-writing worksheets are a great way to help your child learn how to control the outcome of the pen before trying to learn how to write actual letters and numbers.
This fun collection of free pre-writing worksheets will give your child a chance to build up some of the basic writing and fine motor skills before taking on the ABC’s!
What Are Pre-Writing Skills?
Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are able to write.
These skills contribute to the child’s ability to hold and use a pencil, and the ability to draw, write, copy, and color. (source)
What Are Pre-Writing Activities?
Some pre-writing activities include (source):
- Peg or Straw Prewriting Activity
- Dot Painting Prewriting Activity
- Tracing Letters Activity
- Dot-to-Dot Prewriting Activities
- Bubble Letters
Why Pre-Writing is Important?
Pre-writing skills are essential for a child to be able to develop the ability to hold and move a pencil fluently and effectively and therefore, produce legible writing.
When these skills are underdeveloped it can lead to frustration and resistance. (source)
Pre-Writing Worksheets for Kids
Learning to write doesn’t happen overnight, so it’s a good idea to print these worksheets, laminate them and use dry erase markers so that your child can practice drawing these strokes over and over again!
Supplies Needed for the Pre-Writing Worksheets
If you don’t want to reuse the worksheets:
- Copy paper
- Pencils or Crayons
If you want to use the worksheets again:
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- Click the “print” button on your computer to view your printer options and setup.
- Select “all” to print a complete set of worksheets or type in a page range to print fewer worksheets.
- Enter specific page numbers to print selected worksheets.
How to Use these Pre-Writing Practice Printables
There are so many different ways you can use these printables!
If you want to change things up to can always use different items with them:
- Use big markers that are easy to grip and let your child pick their favorite color to use
- Use different crayons and have them trace each line with different colors
- If this exercise is too easy for your child and you want to give them a challenge, try using watercolors. It forces them to work more fine motor skills while painting the small dotted lines.
- If you want to use these pages over and over put them in sheet protectors and give them a dry erase marker and let them use the pages over and over.
- If your child doesn’t want to write, you can let them put stickers on the lines instead.
I hope you enjoy these printables and have fun learning how to write!