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Tracing Shapes

ages 3-5


Tracing paper, colored pencils, heavy black marker

Activity Detail

Before starting this activity, take a half sheet paper and draw with a heavy black marker several simple shapes (heart, moon, star, flower, car, face, etc...) onto the paper. Then, give your child several half sheets of tracing paper and colored pencils. Have your child use a piece of tracing paper and colored pencil to trace different shapes and then create a setting around them. For instance, he or she can trace a moon and stars and then draw the rest of the night sky.


tiffanywilk said:

This would be good for older children to be able to make a setting around a certain shape but not such an easy task for the younger children.

- Posted on Jun 28, 2007

jennifersweckard said:

This activity is a good way for children to practice fine motor skills. Instead of shapes, they could also trace the letters in their name.

- Posted on Jul 18, 2007

ashleyoneill said:

You can also pack these supplies into a big ziploc bag to have on hand for those times when you have to do a lot of waiting.

- Posted on Mar 10, 2008

Nancy said:

The alphabet would be a handy image to trace but please allow the young to NOT TRACE objects. It can and WILL hinder their belief and abilities in themselves later. Encourage them to SEE what they are drawing. What shape do they see.... then give them time to draw it.

- Posted on Jun 29, 2011

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