This classic activity helps reinforce important early handwriting skills for young learners. The X and O consist of three basic strokes that are used to write letters, which are so important to master.
You can also switch it up and use another set of letters, such as an A and a B or the first initial of each player’s name.
This is great practice for kids just learning to write the letters of the alphabet!
Back-to-School Night Activity
Ask students to draw a picture of what they want to be when they grow up. Students who are writing words can also include a description, while teachers with younger students can write the words for them. Include the students’ names on the back of their papers.
Hang the artwork in your classroom for your back-to-school night or open house and ask parents to guess which one belongs to their child. The students’ giggles while watching their parents guess are priceless!
Gift Tag Activity
Have students make their own gift tags for holidays, birthdays, or other special occasions! They can get creative by writing in different colors, adding stickers, or drawing pictures on their tags. The possibilities are endless!
Consider using some fun ribbons to attach the tags to gifts (tying builds fine motor skills!).
For a template to help you get started, take a look at our Gift Tag Activity free printables!
Seasons: What’s Changed?
Help your students observe their environment and use thinking skills! Ask your students to fold a piece of paper in half. Have them draw a picture of summer on the left and a picture of fall on the right. They can also add descriptive words or sentences to each picture.
Ask them to write down three changes they’ve noticed as we move from one season to the next. Then, discuss the differences with your students.
Rainbow Basic Strokes
To help your students understand how the basic strokes are used together to make letters, have them choose a different color to trace over each basic stroke in a letter.
You can do this as you teach each letter, and/or provide students with a print-out of the alphabet so they can see ALL the different letters each stroke is used in. (Great for both manuscript and cursive!)
The basic strokes are SO important for successful handwriting instruction!
Remember: it’s much easier for students to learn a few basic strokes and then put those strokes together to make letters than it is to try to “draw” 52 different shapes.
Ask students to think about their morning on a school day. For example:
- I get dressed.
- I eat breakfast.
- I brush my teeth.
- I pack my backpack.
They can draw each step and write about it to help them remember what to do. Try using our free printable draw & write templates!
Motor Skills with Leaves
Supplies Needed: leaves, blank white paper, and crayons with wrappers removed
Ask students to pick one leaf and cover the leaf with the paper. (It helps to place the leaf face down.) While holding the paper down so the leaf doesn’t move, rub the side of the crayon over the leaf. Students will be amazed at the patterns that unfold before their eyes!
Handwriting Books for Grades PK-6