These free printable alphabet tracing strips feature pumpkins that are a great fit for your fall or pumpkin preschool theme! Download them with uppercase letters, lowercase letters, or both on the same strip and laminate them to use again and again.
Tracing letters is beneficial to early learners. It helps introduce the shapes and forms of letters, develop fine motor skills, and build writing confidence. The bright, cheerful pumpkins are sure to catch your little learner’s eye and make practicing handwriting with these writing strips fun!
Should I teach uppercase or lowercase letters first?
There are several schools of thought regarding teaching children their letters and how to write.
Some believe in teaching children uppercase letters first. They argue these letters are easier to tell apart and are less likely to be reversed than lowercase letters.
Others advocate teaching lowercase letters first since most letters are used in their lowercase forms. Advocates of lowercase letters first also believe that lowercase letters are easier to form because they involve fewer strokes.
And, of course, another camp believes in teaching children how to write uppercase and lowercase letters simultaneously!
Whichever philosophy you believe in, there is a set of pumpkin letter tracing strips for you. I made separate sets for uppercase and lowercase letters as well as a combined set to teach both forms at the same time. Use whichever you prefer for your curriculum. (In case you’re curious, I teach lowercase letters first because they’re used way more often.)
How to use letter tracing strips
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The simplest way to use these letter tracing pages is simply printing them and having your child trace the letters with a crayon, pencil, or marker.
I saw someone asking in a FB group recently if having a laminator at home is worth it. I absolutely believe it is if you’re going to laminate more than 15-ish pages ever. Pages cost at least a dollar each to laminate at a copy store, plus you have to drive around there and hang out while they laminate.
For an easy go bag activity, hole punch the upper left corner of each card and place them on a binder ring.
If your child has trouble with tracing their letters, have them practice their fine motor tracing skills with these printable fall fine motor tracing worksheets.
If they need more practice tracing letters, be sure to check out this series of free printable alphabet tracing worksheets. Each letter has four pages of practice, including correct letter formation graphics.
Free printable pumpkin letter tracing strips
All three versions (uppercase, lowercase, and both upper and lower together) are located in one convenient PDF. Simply print the pages you want to use!
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I hope you enjoy using these pumpkin themed alphabet tracing pages with your child! Make sure to check out these free printable alphabet tracing worksheets if they need extra practice with their letters.