Alright, my sweet friend, you know the drill. Just before I share with you these letter formation worksheets, I need to give you my “there is no rush” spiel.
(I just had to look up how to spell ‘spiel’ – and then had to check what it actually meant – good news, I am using it correctly – bad news, at this pace, this post is going to take me eons to write (oh goodness, do I now look up eons?))
There is no rush for those little hands to be writing, as we all know deep in our hearts. These little ones of ours will have their entire lifetimes to be reading and writing, and while it is so hard for us to hold off, it is so important.
Young children should be strengthening those hands with play, playdough, and beads long before holding a pencil.
So while I know the idea of our little ones writing and knowing letters is super exciting, please hold off and give your child time to develop and grow first. Then, when it IS time to write, he or she will soar!
Okay then, if it is indeed time for those little ones of yours to be learning to print, I have got a great freebie for you today: Letter Formation Worksheets!
Why is it important children learn to form letters properly?
We encourage children to print and form letters in a specific way for a few different reasons. It helps children to have neat penmanship and continues the human art of writing.
It also helps children not to tire when printing and allows writing the strokes to happen as quickly as possible with as little effort as possible. This will be so helpful in later grades as children are expected to write more and more.
How can I use these Letter Formation Worksheets?
There are lots of different ways you can choose to use these letter formation worksheet printables with your little ones!
You can do some rainbow writing: Have your child trace the letters in red, then in orange, then in yellow, and so on, creating beautiful rainbows.
You can do finger tracing on the wall: Place these letter formation printables on the wall and encourage your child to trace each letter with his finger. This is excellent for strengthening arm and shoulder muscles and amazing ‘vertical surface work.’
Pop them in a page protector: Your child can trace these letters again and again using a page protector and a dry-erase marker.
Add some playdough: Have your child try to form the letters out of playdough using the correct order for forming the letters. (Of course, you can also have your child use my FREE printable number and letter playdough mats for this!)
Pop them in a Ziploc bag with some rice: Have your child move the rice around and try to find certain letters that you call out, or find their name letters in order!
These letter formation worksheets can be used in so many ways, and they are a great step to use along with my Letters and Numbers Bundle!
Start off by grabbing your FREE Letter Formation Worksheets right here:
Then consider Kindergarten at Home, my curriculum for children ages 4-6, to continue your learning journey:
Remember, if you have any questions about these letter formation worksheets or any of my resources, I am here to help! Please leave a comment below or email me.
Thank you so much for reading, my sweet friend,