I may be a little premature in beginning my teachings for Mai on tracing her name, but as of lately she has taken a lot of interest in tracing activities. There is a tracing lesson on her Nabi Tablet. It features a train cart on alphabet shaped railroad tracks. She loves this activity & though it is still difficult for her to trace perhaps with a pencil, she easily maneuvers the cars on the track.
This gave me the idea for the first tracing lesson. .. Tracing with a matchbox car. I just drew a letter road using a crayon. I showed Mai how to drive the car along the letter. She did this activity for a few minutes with mommy & did actually drive along the road in a tracing motion while saying “Tracing, trace the letter”
Tracing With Cars
Tracing with Sugar & Food Coloring
Using glue make an outline of a letter & let dry.
Once dry, fill the inside of the letter in using a light layer of glue. Pour sugar over the glue & shake until glue is covered with sugar & dump excess.
Pour a few drops of food coloring in a clean container & add a little water.
Using Qtips, trace the letter using the food coloring. The combination of the sugar & food coloring create a nice & shimmery effect,
Mai liked this one. I have a kitchen island filled with letter paintings.
DIY Dry Erase Tracing
Draw a letter on a piece of construction paper.
Make hash marks on the inside of the letter being traced & cover the letter with Scotch tape.
Trace the letter using crayon.
Erase with a napkin & trace again.
This one she did not want to do. She did want mommy to do it though. She made me retrace it a few times.
Now that we have learned to trace all the letters of our name. We decide to have a little more fun with the sugar painting.
Using glue draw out the outline of your design, same as above. Let it dry completely. After it dries color in with a thin layer of glue & pour sugar immediately over the top. Shake until the sugar covers the glue & dump excess sugar.