Dive into this colorful prewriting activity with our favorite bears.
Learning the lines and curves of letters is just as noteworthy as writing the letters themselves! This colorful prewriting activity is a great place to start.
Practice moving left to right using our favorite counting bears that began with a simple play prompt, Can you bring the bears home.
The rest is up to my preschooler as I watched him practice some essential prewriting skills moving across the curved lines.
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Why is prewriting important?
During the prewriting stage, children are experimenting with forming lines and curves.
We notice writing come alive when young children write a story or note on paper, form lines as they draw, and even play games that track eyes left to right.
It is important to encourage young children to move their bodies and hands in zig zags, lines, curves. These are lines that are similar to letter formations.
The first time we set up Bring the Bears Home, I had everything ready. The second time we played, my three-year-old wanted in on the setup!
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Let’s play this colorful prewriting activity.
First, my preschooler began to create the bear’s path using his dot markers.
It is important to gauge what your children are ready for. I knew that my three-year-old could use some practice holding the marker steady placing one dot at a time on the paper roll, which is why I allowed him to take the lead.
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Take the time to think about where your child is and not feel the need to rush skills. Slow and steady, one step at a time.
We can expose our preschoolers to concepts they will continue to hear come school age and take the time to revisit this many times before Kindergarten.
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What’s happening behind the scenes?
- Hand-eye coordination
- Fine motor grip – Check out these 50+ Fine Motor Activities.
- Left to right progression
- Imaginary play
- Steady hand
- Color recognition
- Prewriting with lines
Now, you are ready to get started prewriting!
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