Lately, I have had a couple of requests for writing activities. This preschool activity is fantastic because your child will be writing and moving. It is literally the combination of prewriting movement magic! What do I mean? Well, for starters, check out the Stages of Writing. It all begins with lines and scribbles. Grab your chalk! Let’s do some prewriting with movement with our toddlers and preschoolers.
This prewriting activity also got us out of the house!
If you follow us, you know our family is home (hello, three kids under four) during the day.
Some days move fast, and some days, I cannot keep them from bouncing off the walls and wrestling. Oy! We LIVE for these simple outdoor activities and timeless toddler toys to help us get some fresh air!
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What is a prewriting activity?
Practicing this formation with bodies will form the connections they need when asked to create the letters with their hands later.
We want our preschoolers to be familiar with the lines to have more confidence when asked to write later in life.
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We can practice prewriting in many ways.
There are countless amounts of ways to practice prewriting with your preschooler.
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How to set this up for your toddler
- Grab some chalk.
- Draw some lines.
- I added stopping points and arrows for interest.
Why play this outdoor prewriting game? For one, it is FUN! – Most important. My preschoolers are learning with movement.
Second, gross motor development strengthens my preschooler’s legs and balances coordination.
Supply (yes, only one supply!)
A fresh pack of chalk is like a fresh pack of markers. It never gets old and is always in season.
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This fantastic stuff is so fun to add that extra spark and play with color-changing paint!
Chalk Walking Stick
This outdoor chalk stick provides a unique way to free your creativity.
Get creative with the prewriting lines!
As your toddler and preschooler go around each line, call out movement tasks at each stopping point.
- Bark like a dog
- Hop like a bunny to the next stopping point
- Jump five times
- Turn around and walk backward
This easy idea is a fun way to spend the day outside. When will you take prewriting outdoors with your preschooler?
There is! The supply list has a tool called Walkie Chalkie that allows you to draw with chalk standing up. Yes, please! I listed it in the supply list.
Mixing chalk with water is a great way to make chalk paint. Make the color chalk powder and grab your paintbrushes to paint bricks, rocks, or pavement.
Keeping a jumbo pack of chalk has always been a lifesaver for us at home with kids. I find this 48-pack of chalk goes a long way.