Tracing Letters with Water

There are so many fun ways to encourage letter recognition and handwriting skills – without using the traditional paper and pencil method.

Yes, I want my kiddos to feel comfortable writing on paper, but I also enjoy providing them with fun out-of-the-box activities, and tracing letters with water has quickly become one of our favorite fine motor activities!

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Tracing Letters with Water

Uppercase B Written on a Chalkboard

Tracing with Water – Step by Step Instructions:

Step #1: Simply write a letter (or letters) using chalk on a chalkboard,

Uppercase and Lowercase Bb Written on a Chalkboard

and then demonstrate to your child how to “trace” over the letters using a wet paintbrush.

Uppercase and Lowercase Bb Written on a Chalkboard

Step #2: Next, let them try!

Uppercase and Lowercase Bb Written on a Chalkboard

If your child is ready, encourage them to write the letters with chalk followed by “erasing” using this tracing method.

Tracing Letters with Water by This Little Home of Mine

They can even use this strategy to practice learning their name!

Tracing Letters and Sight Words with Water by This Little Home of Mine

As your child grows, they will be ready to do this same activity with sight words, C-V-C- words, spelling words, vocabulary terms, and more!

This idea can be extended to reach learners in all kinds of ways as they grow!

Tracing Letters and Sight Words with Water by This Little Home of Mine

Flashcards in Photo: from The Kindergarten Toolkit

Need Supplies?

  • Chalkboard Available Here
  • Chalk Available Here
  • Fine-Tip Paintbrushes Available Here

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