This is a fun and easy alphabet learning activity involving finger printing. It’s a great way to get your toddler or preschooler more familiar with writing letters of the alphabet. It makes a great pre-writing activity.
Here’s what you’ll need to do Fingerprint Letters with your child:
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Easy Set Up for Fingerprint Letters
Get out your ink pad. I used our ink pad from our Melissa & Doug stamping set. The ink is washable already made for use for kids.
On the kraft paper write out different letters you want your child to work on. It’s better to just do a few letters. If they are interested then you can add more. Writing out too many letters might become overwhelming for you child.
Next show your toddler or preschooler how to dip their finger into the ink and use it to make fingerprint along each letter.
Tell them they can use any colour. My almost four year old likes to do two fingerprints in each colour and then switch colours.
Fine Motor Workout
This is a great fine motor skills activity that will also help your toddler and preschooler recognize how to form letters. This is also a great pre-writing activity.
This ended up being a very fun activity and has the potential to be a great pre-writing exercise. But you as the parent need to remember a few things. Have your little one start printing the letters where they would start writing them if using a pencil. Also show them the direction in which each letter is made.
All that being said my three year old was very adamant about where and how she wanted to do her fingerprints and although some of the pictures may not show her starting in the correct spots for each letter, I did show her before hand!
Sometimes you have to pick your battles! I know she understood where she should start but decided to do the complete opposite to what mommy wanted! And that’s ok! She is learning and I know the next time we do thus activity she will remember the lessons learned today.
The clean up for this activity is easy. Just have a box of wipes or wet paper towel handy to wipe the ink off little fingers!
WILL YOU TRY FINGERPRINT LETTERS WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE? Pin it for later!