Window tracing on a sunny day

We have big windows all around our indoor classroom and fortunately, they all sit down low enough for my students to see outside anytime and even to enjoy a little window tracing on a sunny day…

Window Tracing on a Sunny Day by Teach Preschool

We explore window tracing off and on all throughout the school year. To set up our window tracings, we start by drawing or using our printer to print out different shapes, words, or even our names on printable overhead projector transparency film. We then cut around the shapes and use clear packing tape to attach them in different places to our windows…

Window Tracing on a Sunny Day by Teach Preschool

Sometimes, we leave the clear printables up for several days or even weeks along with sheets of thin newsprint paper for the children to stop by and trace anytime they are interested in giving it a try…

Window tracing on a sunny day by Teach Preschool

The opportunity to trace in our windows creates an interest in the tracing process but when we see that interest starting to go away, we simply remove the tracers and use our windows for something else for awhile…

Window tracing on a sunny day by Teach Preschool

We are intentional in where we place our tracing sheets on the windows, placing some up higher for the taller children and others down low for our shorter students…

Window tracing on a sunny day by Teach Preschool

The children use a variety of marking tools for tracing – from markers to crayons. They can choose for themselves and if you are wondering whether our students mark on the windows, all I can tell you is that if they do, it is most likely an accident because I can’t recall a time where I had to remind a student or even tell a student to mark on paper and not the window. The children just seem to naturally know what the purpose is and are more interested in taking home the tracings they made on paper then leaving them behind on the window…

Window tracing on a sunny day by Teach Preschool

As you can see, we have spent time tracing our names, characters from one of our Eric Carle books, and lots of shapes…

Window tracing on a sunny day by Teach Preschool

Some of our students get quite creative and overlap their tracings as they draw…

Window tracing on a sunny day by Teach Preschool

And for those who would like to paint or color in their shapes, they are certainly welcome to do so but I find most of our students prefer to just run and put them in their cubbies to take home…

Window tracing on a sunny day by Teach Preschool

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About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Rhythm May 4, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    what a fun idea!

  2. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem May 4, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I’m pretty sure I have some transparent film around here somewhere – we may just have to give this one a try this week! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Jen @ Daycare In Demand May 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Window tracing was one of my very favorite activities as a child! Your post brings back many happy moments spent at the sliding glass door facing our backyard; I’m glad something so low-tech is still fun for the little guys.

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