Sometimes, as preschool teachers and parents we need to think outside the box when it comes to setting up engaging learning activities. There are so many ways for preschoolers to practice letter formation and writing skills other than using a pencil. Our lowercase bubble trace fine motor printable activity includes alphabet practice in an engaging way!
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Lowercase Bubble Trace
The lowercase bubble trace pre-writing activity can be printed from the pink button below. Download the file and print the page on cardstock.
Laminate the page to make it reusable or place it in a plastic sleeve to protect the page.
You will also need play dough and a chopstick, blunt wooden skewer, or something similar to use to write with. If your preschoolers will want to mark off each letter, consider also adding plastic pebbles, buttons, or bingo markers to a cup or bowl.
I usually add all supplies to a fun colored tray at each seat at the table. This helps keep the supplies for each preschooler contained and makes clean up quick and easy!
Time to Play!
This activity is a preschool favorite, but I sent it to a brand new kindergarten teacher friend this year, and her kindergarteners loved it!
Prep the lowercase bubble trace activity by adding the printable page to a plastic sleeve. Roll and squish the play dough to form a flat circle. Place the play dough in the large circle at the bottom of the page. This is where all the writing practice will happen!
Choose a lower case letter from the bubbles on the page.
Write that letter with the chopstick (or similar) on the play dough. Place a bingo marker on the letter you just wrote.
Erase the letter from the play dough. This can be done easily in between letters by using your fingers or the palm of your hand to squish the play dough a little.
Then pick another letter to write and play again!
Now you may be thinking…writing 26 letter is going to take a long time for your preschoolers who are just beginning to write and practice letter formation. No worries! Just adapt the activity to work for your specific learning environment and plans. You may have your preschoolers choose only 5 letters to practice writing, or even just the letters in their names.
And if the lowercase bubble trace activity is the kind of hands-on learning that you and your preschoolers enjoy, check out the rest of the letter formation activities in the Letter Formation Summer Pack! This activity is just one of ten activities.
Grab the lowercase bubble trace activity from the button below!