Handwriting Practice by Tracing With Yarn

Handwriting Practice by Tracing With Yarn, #kids, #fine-motor
My kids have started to get interested in writing. They are still working at it and I try to find opportunities for them to engage in handwriting practice. Here is an easy and inexpensive way to do that without using a pencil or paper.
You will need:
  • Yarn
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
sandpaper, scissors, yarn

Cut your yarn into varying lengths between 2 and 8 inches. The kids will use the different lengths to create their letters.

I bought my sandpaper at the Dollar Store. Did you have any idea they sold sandpaper there? Me neither! They sell it in square sheets and it's just perfect for this activity. For my four year olds, I wrote the letters A-F on the sheets, and for my two year old, I drew some shapes. I found writing and drawing with a brightly colored crayon on the sandpaper worked well.

alphabet, letters on sandpaper

I then gave the kids the sandpaper to explore. We talked about how it felt when we ran our fingers and nails over it. We discussed the concept of rough vs. smooth.

child tracing, shapes, fine motor

Next I showed the kids how the yarn can stick to the sandpaper. They were very impressed with this. I explained how we can use the yarn to trace the letters and shapes. Sometimes the yarn ended up being too short. Then the kids would add another piece. If the strand of yarn they were using was too long, they asked me to cut it with a scissor. I had originally given the kids some safety scissors like they use to practice paper cutting to cut the yarn, but those things would not cut any yarn. So I was the designated yarn cutter. Older kids can use their own sharper scissors but please supervise carefully.

sandpaper, tracing, preschool activity

The kids really got familiar with their letters during this activity. It helped them build fine motor skills and think about the distinctive shape of each letter. Check out our letters!

yarn, letters, kids activity

After the kids finished their handwriting practice, they decided to freestyle it and make their own designs on the sandpaper.


Then, my daughter "A" saw her stuffed monkey and well...you can see the results for yourself. It suits him don't you think?



  1. Great way to teach them the letters!

  2. Thanks for sharing this neat idea! I didn't know that the Dollar Store had sand paper. That store never ceases to amaze me.

  3. We're always looking for way our preschool parents can have appropriate, follow-up activities at home. This one is really good and I'm going to post on our FB page. Thanks!

  4. I love the tracing project! I will be using this next week when we cover our letter b I hope this is OK I will be sure to credit your idea and link back to your post. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Fun project and sweet little ones enjoying it! Lovely blog you have here, Vicky! Nice stopping by to visit!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  6. Thanks for stopping by. What a great idea using yarn. We did this with glitter glue pens.

  7. Deborah, that means a lot coming from you. I admire your creativity and blog SO much!

    Pammie, I usually check the dollar store for things before I check anywhere else. You never know!

    Paula, That means so much! Thanks for sharing!

    Amy, so happy you can use it!

    Lorraine, Love your blog, your photos are gorgeous!

    Catherine, The glitter glue pens would work great too.