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Pre-writing in sand. Draw simple letter in sand and put one marker at the start and one at the end. Encourage child to trace the path and help one marble find the other.

ABC "Stamp a Letter". I usually use bingo daubers to find and stamp the letters...but this time we used a stamp.

Sand Letters

Tracing letters on mirrors with window markers from And Next Comes L

Letter Z Marble Paint Zebra Craft

Letter Pounding (could also do words, or numbers)

DIY salt tray with alphabet letter cards

use Sandpaper Hebrew letters, they traced it with their fingers then traced it in the sand:

Letter recognition

Child Therapy Toys - Personal Sand Tray

Letter of the Week A-Z series: E is for Eye- make a fun Eye-spy-tray to improve visual perception and the letter E recognition-so simple it's great!

Pre-writing skills. Make pattern cards and then use colored sand on the light boxes.

Writing letters in salt (this site has Montessori & Montessori-inspired activities).

Lots of Dots: Alphabet Tracing Sheets

Structured alphabet sensory table task ... magnetic letters hidden in coloured rice with scoops & shovels. Matching letters are stuck onto baking trays (attached to the wall with velcro). Hunt for the letters & stick them onto the corresponding letters.

first steps to writing: teaching grip to first letters and words | teachmama.com for @Scholastic

Coloured sand for tracing..... Can use sand/salt - to colour your own add drops of food colouring to bags of sand/salt, work the colour in and then leave to dry on newspaper!

Pre-Writing cards for light table

I would use this for learning how to write regular letters- make a sandbox for writing practice. Take note how the lid holds the card up.

Try this simple sticky cutting tray invitation to play and find out why your kids don't need fancy or expensive activities to learn important skills

Use a pencil case to store sand and an unsharpened pencil to practice writing letters, names, and words. You could use the same setup for writing in the sand with your finger.