Here’s a fun erasable writing activity that you can easily make for home or daycare. Kids LOVE these homemade, reusable worksheets. They’re great for teaching preschoolers how to form letters and numbers, and how to print their names and simple sight words.
To make this activity, you just need some plastic page protectors. They make excellent erasable worksheets because dry erase markers write well on them, and they wipe clean with a quick swipe of a cloth.
You design the activity sheets, pop them into the plastic sleeves, and your child can write and erase over and over again.
For our erasable writing activity, you’ll need:
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- plastic page protectors
- dry erase markers
- 8 x 11 sheets of paper (plain or lined – whatever you have on hand)
- an “eraser” (small piece of soft fabric or a cotton make-up pad for example)
Here are some suggestions for your worksheets:
- Your child’s name
- Upper and lowercase letters
- Simple 3 and 4 letter sight words
Make your worksheets on lined or plain paper. Simply write out the letters/numbers/word that your child will trace, and pop the paper into the page protector. Now, set your child up with some dry erase markers and a little cloth for wiping her worksheet clean. A scrap of flannel, an infant washcloth, a kleenex or a cotton make-up pad all work well.
You can see here how much the hooligans enjoy this activity. The youngest children especially love the name sheets. Kids love learning to identify and print their name. They feel so proud when they can form those letters by themselves, even if they are just tracing them.
If your child is quite young, she may just enjoy colouring on and around the letters of her name. That’s ok! She’s becoming familiar with the shapes of the letters , and holding the marker will help to strengthen and develop her pencil grasp.
In addition to the name, letter and number sheets, I’ve made some erasable drawing & colouring sheets as well. Here’s one that the kids love.
It’s a simple outline of a person, and the kids fill in hair, the details of the face, and they decorate the clothing.
And of course, the “funnest” part is erasing the activity sheets clean, and starting all over again.
Store your worksheets in a 3-ringed binder, and you can take your erasable writing activity on the go!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.