A lifetime of writing starts with printing practice! Whether you're a preschool or kindergarten teacher or a parent looking for handwriting resources, these letter tracing worksheets are the perfect fit. Get started with this collection of alphabet tracing worksheets from A to Z.
Letter Tracing Worksheets: Free Printables & Tips to Make It Fun
Tracing Worksheets for Letters A-F
There's no better place to start than at the beginning. Once beginning writers master the letter "a," they can move on to the next letters of the alphabet. Not only can they practice the uppercase versions of the letters, they can work on lowercase as well!
Once children learn how to write the first six letters of the alphabet, they can work on reading words that start with them. Start young readers on words that start with "a", then continue with words that start with "b".
Tracing Worksheets for Letters G-L
Can your kids keep going through the alphabet? Letters "g," "h" and "i" are next on the list for a tracing exercise. Once they're ready, introduce kids to the uppercase and lowercase versions of "j," "k" and "l." They're almost halfway there!
Tracing Worksheets for Letters M-R
The next section of the alphabet — "m," "n," "o," and "p" — can be confusing for little readers and writers alike. Sharpen handwriting and letter recognition skills with these tracing worksheets, as well as printables for the letters "q" and "r."
Tracing Worksheets for Letters S-Z
They're getting close to the end of the alphabet! Preschoolers and kindergartners can practice swirly "s," tall "t," uppercase "u," vivid "v," wiggle "w," and excellent "x" with these printable worksheets.
Your vocabulary list probably has lots of "s" and "t" words, but what about other letters? Add these words that start with "x," "y" and "z" to your next vocabulary chart. There are more than you think!
Tips for Using Letter Tracing Worksheets
Now that you have an entire collection of tracing worksheets from A to Z, how should you use them? Consider these tips as you bring the printables into your classroom or home.
- Place the worksheet in a plastic page protector and let children trace the letters with a dry-erase marker.
- Pass out worksheets during small-group sessions with aides or teacher volunteers.
- Use the worksheets in occupational therapy groups or for students who need to strengthen fine motor skills.
- Send the worksheets home in a packet for students to practice with parents.
- Have students focus on tracing the letters in their name before learning to write their whole name.
- For parents, bring the worksheets along during car trips or dinners in a restaurant.
The best part about alphabet worksheets is that students don't need to complete them in order. Organize the worksheets to fit with your curriculum needs, assign them to students who need extra practice, or pair them with fun children's books.
Make Letter Tracing Fun
What about the students who are ready to move on from worksheets? Check out these fun ideas for forming letters off the page.
- Have students form upper and lowercase letters with play dough, pipe cleaners or popsicle sticks.
- Spread shaving cream on the desk and allow students to write letters with their fingers.
- Ask children to trace letters in the air when getting their attention as a group.
- Use dry-erase boards in small groups for students to erase easily while they are learning.
- Pass out candies or pieces of cereal for students to create letters on a clean piece of paper.
Can your preschoolers identify letters in short words? Move on to reading easily in preschool classrooms with these three-letter words for four-year-olds.
Helping Beginning Writers and Readers
Preschoolers, kindergartners and lower elementary students can use all the help they can get when it comes to language arts. Once they've finished the series of tracing worksheets, have them try some introductory kindergarten writing prompts with pictures. You can also fold alphabet-themed activities into your preschool classroom transitions.