In Heguru and TweedleWink, they get the children to practice writing letters and numbers by tracing the outlines on a card with their finger. What I like in Heguru is that the card is textured so it provides more sensory stimuli to your child when practicing how to write letters and numbers.
Getting Gavin to practice writing has always been difficult. The times when he does comply, I’ve noticed that he doesn’t necessarily write the strokes correctly. He has already formed a bad habit with that and I have been trying to correct it. Since getting him to practice writing is difficult to begin with, getting him to practice writing even more numbers and letters is like trying to get a rock to bleed.
So I decided to make our own textured alphabets…
What you will need:
- Alphabet and number outlines – I used the ones from BrillKids (you can click the links to take you to the download page)
- Glitter glue – I used Crayola Glitter Glue
- Cardboard backing to make cards, or staples to make a book
How to Make Textured Alphabets and Numbers
1. Print out the outlines.
2. “Write” in the letters and numbers using the glitter glue pens.
3. Leave to dry.
4. Mount the sheets on cardboard or staple them together to make a writing practice book.
Note: Make sure that the strokes on the letter and number outlines you use are marked so your child knows the proper order for writing each letter and number.