Last week I launched a brand new series here at Gift of Curiosity called 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet. Each week I will be sharing a new idea for helping kids to learn their letters. These are ideas that I have used with my own kids, and now I am passing them on to you.
In today’s post I’m sharing an activity called Wall Writing.
Letter practice worksheets certainly have their place for helping kids learn to write their letters. But worksheet after worksheet can get dull. This wall writing activity takes an activity usually done on a horizontal surface (letter writing worksheets) and adapts it to a vertical surface (wall writing).
Working on a vertical surface brings a new dimension of interest to children’s letter writing practice. But it also promotes the wrist extension and shoulder stability necessary for children to gain control over the fine motor movements involved in writing.
For this activity, I simply used some lined easel paper and hung it on the wall. (It’s always a good idea to place another paper behind to prevent any bleed through going onto your wall.) We don’t own an easel, an easel would have been a perfect substitute for the wall in this activity.
I provided sample letters for XGirl to practice writing on each line. When I provide sample letters, I like to provide one complete letter and two dotted letters. XGirl first traced the dotted letters, and then practiced writing her own on the lines.
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- Making letters with straws and play dough
- I spy letter hunt
- Letter puzzles
- Montessori sandpaper letters
- Smash the puffy letters
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Kinetic sand letters
- Crystallized letters
- Letter hop
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Letter tic-tac-toe
- Rainbow letters
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