Rainbow “S”

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Rainbow “S” is another one of my favorite games. It helps develop Grasp and Letter Recognition. 

Materials
Large paper
Markers
Any large, wall surface like an ease or wall chalkboard.

Procedure
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’

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One thought on “Rainbow “S”

  1. Great idea! And when you want to start focusing on crossing the midline you can turn it into a game of drawing rainbows 🙂

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