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Letters and learning to write

Here are some fun activities to help preschool children develop the pen control skills that are essential for learning to write. You can print off the activity sheets or use a finger to trace over them on-screen.

shapes and patterns

Shapes and patterns

Use a pen to trace over these shapes and patterns? Can you name them too?

under the sea pen control

Under the sea

Draw some legs on the octopus and waves in the sea, all whilst practising pen control.

monster portraits

Monster portraits

Finish these portraits of the monsters by tracing over the lines.

little letters

Little letters

Copy over all the lower-case letters of the alphabet.

classroom words

In the classroom

Help the animals by copying these first classroom words.

monster body parts

Monster body parts

These monsters are pointing to a part of their body. Can you name and trace the word?


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Shapes and patterns online activities

Visit Usborne Quicklinks for links to websites with online activities about shapes and patterns.

online letter activities

Online letters activities

Visit Usborne Quicklinks for links to websites with online activities about writing little letters.

ONline letter activities

Alphabet activities

Online activities and songs to learn the letters of the alphabet, and advice on helping children learn first skills.

Online writing activities

More first writing activities

Lots more online writing and pen control activities to share with children.