Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers

Create fun and engaging pre-writing activities for preschoolers using these 50+ simple to set up ideas!

Create fun and engaging pre-writing activities for preschoolers to practice their hand writing skills using items you already have at home.

All these ideas a simple to set up and fun for your little learner. So fun that they won’t even realize they are practicing their hand writing.

And that is key.

If your preschooler is anything like mine they are eager to learn and absolutely love it when they can do something grown up. But they also are easily frustrated. It’s hard being 3 & 4 years old when your body, skills and desires don’t always line up.

Check out these fun and easy to set up pre-writing activities to help your preschooler practice their writing skills!

50 Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers

Sensory Activities

Baby Food Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Dirt Play Dough + Rocks Writing Tray by Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Rainbow Writing Salt Tray by NurturStore

Paint Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Pre-writing Activities with Squishy Bag by Learning 4 Kids

Playdough Learning: Prewriting for Toddlers by Kids Activities Blog

Shaving Cream Sight Word Game by Happy Toddler Playtime

Writing Practice Using Shaving Cream by Gift of Curiosity

Shaving Cream Pre-Writing: Connect the Dots by School Time Snippets

Glitter Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Toddler Zen Tray by Busy Toddler

Slime Writing Tray by The OT Toolbox

Coloured Salt Writing Tray for Reluctant Writers by Powerful Mothering

Play Dough Writing Tray by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Christmas Tree Writing Tray by Happy Toddler Playtime

Calming Lavendar Pre-writing Tray by And Next Comes L

Shaving Cream “Magna Doodle” Activity by Happy Hooligans

Arts Activities

Glitter Glue Pre-Writing Line Practice for Preschoolers by Growing Hands on Kids

Racetrack Alphabet by Happy Toddler Playtime

Prewriting Activity: Cotton Swab Painting by Lessons Learnt Journal

Zig Zag Painting by Still Playing School

Painting Letter with Water by Happy Hooligans

Glue Tracing Pre-writing Activity by No Time for Flashcards

Fine Motor & Pre-Writing Activities

Squeeze Bottle Salt Writing by Playdough to Plato

Sticker Lineup by Busy Toddler

Fridge Magnet Line Up by Happy Toddler Playtime

Prewriting: A Simple Preschool Game by Days with Grey

Popsicle Letters by Happy Toddler Playtime

Tracing Letters with Water by This Little Home of Mine

Tape Letters by And Next Comes L

Fingerprint Letters by Happy Toddler Playtime

Push Pin Maze Pre-Writing Activity by Planning Playtime

Erasing Letters with Q-tip by Gift of Curiosity

Rainbow Letter Blocks by Happy Toddler Playtime

Fine Motor Work Station with Buttons by Learning 4 Kids

Alphabet Lego by Wild Flower Ramblings

Bring the Bears Home by Days with Grey

Animal Parade by Busy Toddler

Snow Letters by Happy Toddler Playtime

Magnetic Prewriting by Days with Grey

Teaching Preschoolers to Write Using Fine Motor Journals by Stay At Home Educator

ABC Tracing Pages with Playdough Mats by 3 Dinosaurs

Visualizing Letters: A Pre-Writing Activity for Preschoolers by This Reading Mama

Fine Motor Activities to Develop Pre-Writing Skills by No Time For Flashcards

Fun Ways to Work on Handwriting Skills by In the Playroom

Practice Pre-writing with Movement by Days with Grey

Yarn Shape and Letter Tracing by Rainy Day Mum

Developing Pre-Writing Skills on a Whiteboard by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Montessori Pre-Writing Activities by Mama’s Happy Hive

Pumpkin Pre-writing Activity by Modern Preschool

Playdough and Glass Gem Pre-writing Activity by The Letters of Literacy

Skill Development Opportunities

These activities are great for Language and Vocabulary Development, Hand-Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills, Emotional Development, Trial & Error, Visual Perception, Cognitive Development.

Age Suitability

This activity is ideal for 3 year old preschoolers and up.


Author: Mandisa Watts

Hello! I'm Mandisa, I'm the founder of Happy Toddler Playtime and author of Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids, The Big Riddle Book for Kids and Super STEAM Activity Book. I'm also the TV host and producer of Curious Crafting (nominated for Best Live Action Preschool Series in April 2023). I share fun and easy kids crafts, sensory, learning and STEAM activity ideas for busy parents, caregivers and teachers. I also share fun riddles for kids!

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