I just wanted to share this quick, easy, – and most importantly – fun activity. It can be used to work on many of the skills required for pre-writing and writing skills. Some of the many skills include: following individual or multiple steps, finger isolation, pincer grasp, functional pencil grasp if using a Q-tip as a stylus or a dry erase marker, and shape and letter formation sizing, and placement.
I used this activity with a general education first grade classroom to work on following multiple step directions and then we focused on our letter formation, sizing, and linear placement. Both the teacher and the kids loved drawing shapes, forming letters and spelling words.
Possibly the best aspects of this activity are how easy it is to create and that the paint bags are reusable. To create this project, all that is needed is some acrylic paint, sandwich bags, masking tape, and a sharpie if you plan to sketch some lines on the bag for writing. A q-tip or dry erase marker can also be used by the children to make indentations or draw on the bag.
Some additional tips:
Be sure to use ample paint and try to get all of the air out before sealing the bag. Then there is air, the drawings/letter do not come out as sharp.
Black and white paint aren’t as fun. And they just don’t show up as well. Blue and green seemed to yield the best results.
If sealed tightly, the paint will not dry up for a few days. The teacher I worked with has used them several times to practice spelling words with the class. They still enjoy it.
Well that is it for this post. Let me know what you think about this idea or how you would adapt it for your kids. If you have seen something like this before or used this activity, share your experiences or even pictures. Any questions are also welcome.
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