There are so many ways to teach handwriting and letter formation to preschoolers and kindergarteners! Between the cute songs, poems, apps, online videos, and different writing programs, writing letters of the alphabet should be easy to teach and to learn. Unfortunately, correct letter formation isn’t always top priority in the classroom with all of the other skills that need to be mastered. Adding reusable activities like our Alphabet Writing Pencils at home or in your classroom allows children to practice writing in a fun way!
Alphabet Writing Pencils
This printable set consists of 26 pencils. Each pencil has an uppercase and lowercase letter printed on it in dotted lines.
To prep this alphabet writing activity, simply download and print the file found below. Cut apart the pencils images and laminate the pencils so that the activity is reusable.
To write on the laminated pencils, use dry erase markers. We have a set of skinny dry erase markers that are similar in width to a pencil that worked perfectly to write with. I have also seen a similar set of skinny Crayola washable dry erase markers that I plan on buying for my preschoolers to use in the classroom.
Now it’s Time to Practice Writing
To complete this activity, trace each uppercase and lowercase letter. The letters are made up of dotted lines so learners of different developmental stages can succeed without frustration. When all of the letters have been traced, wipe them clean with a cloth, old sock, or baby wipe.
No matter what method your child is using to learn how to form his letters correctly, there are a few tips that can be used during this activity.
Most of the letters of the alphabet are written from the top down and left to right. For example, the letter E starts at the top line down to the bottom line. Then the 3 lines are written from left to right beginning with the top line.
The letters that are have curvy lines to them begin lower than the top line. So the letter C starts below the top line, curves up and around, then down to the bottom line and curves up.
Now, for younger kids who are new to writing letters, encouraging them to write on the dotted lines is more important than exact formation. As their fingers and fine motor skills get stronger, practicing writing letters will get easier!
Using dry erase markers is an inviting and motivating way to get reluctant kids engaged in learning activities like the Alphabet Writing Pencils. Store this activity in a reusable freezer bag until next time!
Grab Your Copy
Grab your own set of Alphabet Writing Pencils to practice writing letters by clicking the blue button below.
Then, for tons more alphabet fun, hop over and grab our Print and Play Alphabet Centers!
More Alphabet Fun
Looking for more ways to practice the ABC’s? Here are some of our favorites!
ABC’s and 123’s ebook (The Kindergarten Connection)