Tracing for preschoolers is fantastic to build their confidence as they learn to write. However, tracing worksheets can be incredibly boring for young kids (and often frustrating).
Of course, I love a more hands on approach, and what’s more hands on then a sensory activity? Combining sensory and tracing makes this a fantastic activity for kids learning to write.
What you’ll need for sensory tracing for preschoolers:
- contact paper
- tape (painter’s tape works well and is easily removed)
- kid’s scissors
How to prepare this sensory tracing for preschooler:
- Tape a piece of contact paper (a little bigger than a sheet of paper) sticky side up to a table, or other surface. Leave one side of the contact paper un-taped.
- Write numbers, letters, or their name on a piece of paper. Be sure to write it rather large.
- Slip that piece of paper under the contact paper on the side that’s un-taped.
- Set out scissors for the kids and yarn.
Before adding the paper under the sticky contact paper, I asked my preschooler what he wanted to write. I gave him some options to give him ideas: numbers, letters, his name, simple sight words.
He chose numbers.
I wrote those number large on the paper, which is why I only wrote 6.
And then it was all up to my preschooler to figure out how to trace the number with the yarn.
The contact paper is sticky, providing a fantastic sensory experience, but it also helps hold the yarn in place.
But it doesn’t necessarily keep it in place. It works best to drop the yarn from above, instead of dragging it to trace it.
My 3 year old wanted to trace too! He’s been working on recognizing his name, so I wrote his name large onto a piece of paper and slipped it under the contact paper for him to trace.