Great way to practice letter writng AND pencil holding!! This helps students to learn who they are supposed to hold their pencil as when they are writing. It also helps students with the tracing of their letters. This helps early on with their writing ability.
Recently, I found a picture on Pinterest that suggested highlighting letters on paper then encouraging children to trace the highlighted letters. I love it! The dashes that are most commonly used are obtrusive and really don't encourage tracing, but highlighting works great. Use this for teaching preschoolers to draw shapes, their name, and even for cutting activities
Rainbow Writing. Give the child several colors to trace and retrace a word... Make it developmentally appropriate! Younger kids get shorter, fatter crayons, and maybe just a letter. Older children get their names, and those who have already mastered that can work on meaningful sight words.