Rainbow “S” is another one of my favorite games. It helps develop Grasp and Letter Recognition.
Any large, wall surface like an ease or wall chalkboard.
Make a large “S” on the paper. The “S” should start above the head over the right shoulder. It should end right under their breast bone.
The child takes a marker, removes the lid, and traces over your “S”
The child then replaces the marker cap, gets a different marker and
Repeat step 2..
Tip-The tugging off the marker cap is a great resistive activity. Hand grasp develops as a child gets stronger. A good marker grasp is dependent on the thumb side of the hand developing strength. Thumb strength develops during tugging and pulling. Most kids can remove the lid of a marker somewhere between three and four.
Tip-Three and your year olds need to be making large letters. They should be tracing over, having fun, exploring the feel of a letter shape. Three and four year olds do not need to be making letters on paper i.e. practicing writing.
Tip-Stay away from any diagonal letter. Their eyes and hands are just not ready for diagonal letter like X,K,V,Y,W,M.
Tip-Start with straight line letters like T, L, H, and I. These letters are easier to make. These letters require positional knowledge like – Top (Short stick on top) and Bottom (short stick on bottom). Practicing T before a child understands top vs bottom is like ‘putting a horse before the cart’