Sticky paper shape tracing in preschool

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Often times, when I watch my preschoolers try and trace an object, I find them struggling to hold the object in place.  One idea to introduce the tracing process to young children is to have them trace objects on the sticky side of contact paper…

Set out contact paper, sticky side up, on a table.  It will be best to tape or secure the edges of the contact paper to the table so it doesn’t move around or pop up as the children trace their shapes…

Invite the children to firmly press the flat side of a cookie cutter or stencil on the contact paper then use a marker to trace the shape…

We used permanent markers to trace our shapes.  I know that many of you are not too sure about using permanent markers and you will need to use your best judgement. However, I must say that we used permanent markers all throughout our school year and the children did a wonderful job using them, taking care of them, and not writing all over themselves in the process…

Many of my students decided it would be fun to color the insides of their shapes. How the children chose to explore this process was left completely wide open…

A simple way to help hold the tracing tool in place while working on those fine motor skills!

Please note: The use of permanent markers should not be used if they emit a strong odor at this can make them not feel well. This activity may work with other kinds of markers or crayons but I have not tried it yet. Our markers did not have a strong odor.

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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