The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is window writing. There are several things that make window writing an appealing activity for learning letters.
For starters, kids aren’t usually allowed to write on windows, so there is an element of feeling like they get to do something “naughty” without any negative consequences. (Before engaging your kids in window writing, it is a good idea to make sure they understand when it is and is not okay to write on the windows.)
Another reason window writing makes a great activity for kids is because it involves working in a vertical plane rather than a horizontal one. Working on a vertical plane promotes the wrist extension and shoulder stability necessary for children to gain control over the fine motor movements involved in writing.
For our window writing activity, the key tool we needed was a set of vis-a-vis wet erase markers.
These markers are great because they write well on any surface, but they also wash off of non-porous surfaces very easily with just a bit of water.
We’ve used them to write on plastic balls (see our sight word ball toss game) and laminated worksheets. They always wash off super easily.
After explaining that we were using special markers which made it okay to write on the windows with supervision, I handed my each of my kids a vis-a-vis wet erase marker and asked them to practice writing their letters.
I even drew lines on the window to guide their letter formation.
And when they were done, we simply sprayed a bit of water on the windows and wiped them clean. Easy peasy!
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Letter hunt sensory bin
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- Making letters with straws and play dough
- Spaghetti letters
- Letter puzzles
- Montessori sandpaper letters
- Smash the puffy letters
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Kinetic sand letters
- Letter hopscotch
- Crystallized letters
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Rainbow letters