Unlocking Creativity: 10 Fun Pre-Writing Activities For Preschoolers


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Unlocking Creativity: 10 Fun Pre-Writing Activities For Preschoolers

Remember the first time you wrote your name or a proper word. If you can’t remember that long back, try to remember when you tried to learn a new hobby. It was difficult, right? 

Even if you wanted to do it, it was still frustrating to go through the process of learning, right? Now imagine a preschooler here, who is trying to learn to read and write the alphabet. Think how difficult that sounds for the young kid. 

As parents and educators, we often marvel at the moment when our little ones first put pencil to paper and form their first letters. What we forget generally is that the journey to reaching that point is a long one. You can’t just give a pen in a preschooler’s hand and expect them to write their heart out.

They need to be trained in the process of writing even before they know what that is. From building finger strength to hold the pencil to identifying alphabets and writing them correctly, it needs a lot of pre-handwriting skills to finally begin writing. 

Here come the pre-writing activities that lay the foundation of writing success among preschoolers. Pre-writing activities play a crucial role in preparing young minds for the adventure of literacy. 

Let’s dive deeper into why are these pre-writing activities necessary and what you can do to engage your child in these activities while having fun. 

The Importance of Pre-writing Skills

A child's journey into writing begins with pre-writing abilities. To control writing instruments, one must have dexterity and fine motor skills.

Children become ready for future writing tasks by learning the basic strokes required for letter construction. Additionally, enhancing hand-eye coordination and attention span through these activities contributes to overall learning readiness.

There are various activities that can help your child develop these essential skills. However, what’s necessary is that you provide a supportive environment for the child to learn them. It can be frustrating for everyone if you try to force them in this direction before their mind and body are ready to do so. 

So explore various activities that you can incorporate considering your child’s interest and what gives them the feeling of enjoyment as these things should not feel like too much work for them.

Exploring Different Types of Pre writing Activities

We have curated a list of 10 pre-writing activities that will help your children learn these cognitive skills to prepare for the writing process. Let’s take a look at them. 

  • Playdough Shapes

Goal: Improve fine motor skills and creativity

Materials: Playdough, various cutting and molding tools

There are no children who don’t like getting their hands on some playdough which makes this the best activity to teach motor skills to them. Children can use playdough to create shapes and figures which can also help their dexterity and imagination.

  • Water Painting

Goal: Introduce the concept of forming letters and shapes

Materials: Watercolors, paintbrush, or fingers

Water and colors, two things that are loved by children and can become your aid when it comes to teaching letter formation and shape formation. This activity helps children to practice strokes and shapes with the fluid motion of water painting. All you need to do is be prepared for them to be all covered in colors afterward. 

  • Scoop and Pour

Goal: Develop hand stability and strength

Materials: Various containers, scoops, and small objects

To help develop their strength and hand stability, all you need to do is leave them with scoops and things that can be poured into containers. Whether it be salt, sand, rice grains, beans, or flour, your children will be engaged for a long time. Scooping and pouring activities also help in refining their hand movements and coordination.

  • Salt Tray  Drawing

Goal: Practice pre-writing strokes in a fun, tactile way

Materials: Salt tray, finger or small stick

When learning letter formation and finger movement, this is one of the best activities as drawing in a salt tray provides a sensory experience that helps children learn basic writing strokes. If they choose to write with a stick, it will help build the strength to hold a pencil, and if they write with their fingers, it will help in learning finger movement and tracing shapes. 

  • Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

Goal: Encourage precision and control

Materials: Dot-to-dot worksheets, pencils or markers

This activity is perfect entertainment for kids and also helps develop their hand control and precision in movements. The kids would enjoy tracing colorful circles while learning hand-eye coordination by connecting dots. 

  • Pipe Cleaner Shapes

Goal: Enhance fine motor skills and shape recognition

Materials: Pipe cleaners, play mats with shape outlines

Another engaging pre-writing activity for preschoolers is to shape pipe cleaners in different alphabets. This will help with shape recognition as well as improving fine motor skills. Additionally, this will also help in strengthening their fingers. 

  • Chalk Drawing

Goal: Practice drawing and writing with large movements

Materials: Sidewalk chalk, large concrete area or chalkboard

Chalk drawing allows children to use their whole arms to create shapes and letters, enhancing their motor control. This activity is also helpful in building finger strength as holding a chalk is close to holding a pencil. So, when they are finally ready to write, their fingers would accommodate a pencil faster. 

  • Q-tip Painting

Goal: Foster fine motor control and creativity

Materials: Q-tips, paint, paper

Let your little ones paint the town with their creativity by using Q-tips. Using Q-tips as painting tools helps children develop precise control while expressing their creativity. It is also helpful in developing hand strength and coordination. 

  • Alphabet Stamps

Goal: Introduce alphabetic awareness through play

Materials: Alphabet stamps, ink pad, paper

Stamping letters helps children become familiar with the alphabet in a playful and tactile way. You can use different color inks to make it more interesting for kids and later give them different shape stamps so they learn to recognize shapes also. 

  • Drawing on Boxes

Goal: Encourage creative expression and control

Materials: Cardboard boxes, crayons or markers

Children can explore their imagination and improve their motor abilities by drawing on large surfaces like boxes. Make a wall for them that they can clear later if you want to encourage more creativity from them.

These days, children can draw on their bodies without risk of toxicity thanks to the availability of face markers and crayons. Using these crayons to explore their creativity can be quite beneficial. Just ensure the crayons or markers used for body drawing are specifically labeled as safe for skin.


Now that you've got the scoop on pre-writing activities, let's get those little hands moving and shaking with creativity. We hope these activities will help you keep your children engaged and entertained for a while. The journey of learning to write is a critical milestone for preschoolers.

Pre writing activities provide the foundation for this development by nurturing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creativity. 

By incorporating these fun and interactive activities into their routine, you are not only preparing them for the world of writing but also fostering a love for learning. 

Remember to approach each activity with patience and encouragement, as every child's pace of learning is unique. You can modify these activities anytime based on your child’s interest and the availability of materials. 

As they explore, create, and experiment, they are not just getting ready to write, they are unlocking their creativity and taking their first steps toward self-expression. 

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