Kids love playing at the park, and they can also love learning how to write :).
The charts in this packet describe every letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case) in terms of something from a playground. Kids will feel like they’re running around an obstacle course at their favorite play structure while you’re teaching them the alphabet!
10 photographs with diagrams showcase all the shapes needed to write the alphabet.
This packet is composed of two parts:
*13 pages with “obstacle course” challenges that describe how to draw each upper- and lower-case letter followed by an unlined area to practice writing the letters
*26 letter outline mats for kids to practice forming letters by
-tracing each letter with a glue stick and sprinkling rice or glitter on it,
-coloring in the letters,
-filling in the shapes with stickers, etc.
Each page of this section contains the outlined upper- and lower-case letters with “obstacle course” challenge instructions. If you laminate the pages or put them in plastic page protectors, you can re-use them indefinitely.
I’ve intentionally provided unlined practice space for kids to practice writing these letters. I personally believe that when young children are just beginning to learn how to write, it is best to encourage them to practice freely without expecting them to perfectly line up each letter along top/middle/bottom lines. They may get discouraged if they can’t form their letters exactly on the lines and lose motivation to continue practicing. If, however, you can make the writing experience fun by describing it in terms of a favorite activity (sliding/swinging/climbing, etc.) and allow them to freely practice writing the shapes of the letters, they will naturally improve their form with enough practice. You can introduce lined paper and more structure later once they are comfortable and confident with their ability to write all the letters.
Along these lines, I would also recommend providing writing opportunities that are meaningful and interesting to kids, such as:
*writing lists of gifts they want to receive,
*letters to grandparents, or
*(parts of) stories that they make up.
Some kids may not be very willing to sit down and learn how to write all the letters of the alphabet in order, but if you help them write a specific letter when they want help with it, the experience will be much more meaningful and valuable to them. Although there’s no need to wait for them to want to write entirely of their own accord, if we can provide authentic scenarios for practicing skills, we will see an increase in our kids’ motivation and attitude toward learning.
Feel free to use this packet as it best suits your learners. You can work through it one letter at a time, or introduce letters as kids find need for them.
Again, I would encourage kids to first learn to confidently create the letter shapes, then practice writing their letters on designated lines with specified heights. In general, kids know what letters look like just from seeing print all around them, and they understand that words are usually written in straight lines with certain proportions to each other and the page. Given enough opportunities to practice, and given genuine, relevant situations for that writing to take place, they will zero in on the correct form.
Enjoy learning through play with your children today!