Set your preschooler up for writing success with these Easter themed trace in the path cards for fine motor pre-writing practice! Use them as a print and play, no-prep activity or laminate them for repeated use.
These prewriting practice tracing pages will help your child develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they trace along the path with a finger or draw between the lines with a marker or crayon.
If these pages are easy for your preschooler, or if you have a kindergartner, too, be sure to snag these free printable Easter trace and color with words and Easter images to trace and color.
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Make this activity reusable by laminating the pages or sliding them in page protectors for use with a dry erase crayon. You can also cut the laminated pages into strips that you slip onto a binder ring for a go-bag activity that easy to sanitize after a car ride or trip to the doctor’s office.
What are prewriting skills?
Prewriting skills are all skills that must be learned before writing.
Prewriting skills help your child hold and use a pencil correctly and comfortably, draw, color, and copy shapes. These skills prepare your child to write legibly and confidently.
Your child won’t instantly know how to hold a pencil correctly the first time they pick one up. They may not be even able to use these tracing paths particularly well the first time they try. That’s okay! They need plenty of practice.
Unfortunately, many children are entering school with poor fine motor skills. Researchers have observed an inverse relationship between the amount of screen time a preschooler receives and their fine motor skills. In other words, the more screen time they have, the worse their fine motor skills are (source).
Luckily, it’s easy to provide your child with opportunities to build their fine motor and prewriting skills.
How do I teach my preschooler prewriting skills?
Prewriting skills have a couple of different components.
- Fine motor and manual dexterity skills.
- Specific letter formation shapes | — O + / \ X Δ and a square. (source)
Before your child can write specific letters and numbers, they need to develop their finger strength, fine motor control, and hand-eye coordination.
There are many play-based ways to build and reinforce these skills:
- Threading and lacing activities
- Playing with play-dough (check out these alphabet play-dough mats for a recipe you can make at home!)
- Using scissors
- Using tongs and large tweezers with manipulatives
- Drawing and coloring
- Practicing the specific pre-writing shapes
- Making crafts
- Building with blocks
- Using fine motor trays to write in cornmeal, sand, etc.
- Tearing paper
- Using stickers
- And more!
These Easter themed prewriting trace in the page paths can help keep child engaged, learning, and having fun! They’re perfect for homeschool preschool parents, classroom literacy centers, and therapists.
How to print and use trace in the path prewriting pages
This set has a total of 16 paths to trace. There is a mix of straight, wavy, and zig-zag paths to reinforce the necessary pre-writing skills.
Some of the paths are easy, but some of them are more challenging. It’s completely okay if your child can’t do every single one on the first try.
As mentioned above, these trace in the path pages are perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers. Your child can even use a finger to trace the lines if they aren’t ready for a pencil or crayon yet.
- Free Easter trace in the path printables. Download information is located lower in the post. Look for the big rectangle image that reads “click here to download.” There are purple arrows pointing at it to make it easier to find.
- Paper and a printer.
- Laminator, dry erase pockets, or page protectors. Optional.
- Scissors or paper cutter, if you want to make tracing strips.
- Binder rings, optional for an easy go-bag activity or less mess at home.
- Crayons, pencils, markers, etc. for tracing
- Pencils and crayons are great for single use pages. We like Honeyscticks beeswax crayons because the colors are easy to see and they’re pure beeswax.
- Instead of a dry erase marker, grab Stabilo Woody wax crayons. They’re a wax crayon that can work as for dry erase, too! They come off easily when wiped with a lightly damp cloth or paper towel (don’t get it too wet or you might ruin the printable, even if it’s laminated). These wax crayons provide more friction than a marker (which means a greater challenge) and they don’t have fumes.
- Your child can fill the path with small manipulatives, like pompoms, using a pair of plastic tweezers.
- Your child can also just use their finger for tracing.
How to use trace in the path prewriting cards
1. Grab your download from lower down in the post.
2. Print the pages you want.
3. Laminate the pages or place them in page protectors. This protects the pages and makes them reusable. You need to laminate if you want to cut the pages into cards.
4. Cut the pages into cards, if you’re making cards. You can also leave them as whole sheets. To make an easy go bag activity, hole punch one corner on each strip and place them all on a binder ring:
5. Demonstrate how to use the tracing paths. You can start by tracing from left to right with your index finger, or you can jump straight to using a marker/crayon.
I cannot say enough good things about the Stabilo Woody pencils we purchased recently. They work as a “normal” coloring tool, but they can also be used instead of a dry erase marker . They don’t have fumes like a dry erase marker and don’t instantly stain clothes, tables, and walls because they are water soluble. They’re easy to wipe off with a very slightly damp cloth or towel.
I realize this sounds pretty incredible and too good to be true – you can see a video of me coloring and erasing a with a Stabilo Woody in this post with free printable dinosaur coloring pages.
- The multi-talented pencil, colouring, watercolour and wax crayon all-in-one
- Due to its small chunky shape and size it suitable for childrens hands and allows a fine grip
- High denseness and colour intensity, even on dark paper and glass - it is easy to wipe off ceramic type surfaces
If your child has trouble tracing, or if you want a new activity to keep your child’s attention, you can have your child place manipulatives to fill the path instead of tracing inside.
After placing the manipulatives, you can count together how many it took to reach the end of the line. You may even want to leave the objects on the line so you can count and compare how many it takes to fill different lines. It’s amazing how many ways you can use these simple printables for learning.
Free printable Easter tracing path download
Please note that the artwork in these printables is copyright by DigitalArtsi and is used under license. Thank you, Jane, for your beautiful artwork and generous licensing.
Like all free preschool printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use. You are welcome to use them with Scouts groups, home school co-ops, personal therapy clients, etc.
You are not licensed to redistribute the files or printouts to others for their personal use. Instead, please send your friends and coworkers to this page so they can download their own copies.
If you want low-prep easter fun, be sure to grab these additional free printables for Easter while you’re here on The Artisan Life: