Does your child pick up a pencil then hold it weirdly and squiggle the lines all over the place when trying to write? You are not alone. Prewriting skills contribute to a child’s ability to hold and use a pencil, and the ability to draw, write, copy, and color.
A major component of prewriting skills are the prewriting shapes. These prewriting tracing pages will help children of all stages strengthen these crucial skills.
Prewriting Tracing Page Printables
These are the pencil strokes that most letters, numbers and early drawings are made up of. These strokes include the following strokes: |, —, O, +, /, square, \, X, and Δ. You’ll see on these prewriting tracing pages that these lines and shapes are available for kids to trace.
Try our Magnetic Alphabet activities too!
Here is a quick age breakdown:
1 -2 years
- Randomly scribbles
- Spontaneously scribbles in vertical/horizontal and/or circular direction
- Imitates a horizontal/vertical/circular direction
2 – 3 years
- Imitates a horizontal line
- Imitates a vertical line
- Imitates a circle
3 – 4 years
- Copies a horizontal line
- Copies a vertical line
- Copies a circle
- Imitates +
- Imitates / and \
- Imitates a square
4 -5 years
- Copies a +
- Traces a line
- Copies a square
- Copies a / and \
- Imitates X
- Imitates Δ
- Grasps pencil in writing position
5 -6 years
- Copies X
- Copies Δ
- Recognises between a big and small line or curve
For today’s lesson download the printable tracing page for practice. Once you have downloaded the prewriting tracing pages, grab a colored pencil or writing utensil of choice.
These Rainbow Name Puzzles are FUN too!
Each page is easy to follow and provides benefits for children who are using them. The sheets are broken down by age, which can also be interpreted for skill level instead of age.