Make a DIY Writing Practice Board

So, my amazing three year old recently learned how to write her name.  I wanted to continue to encourage her to learn her letters, so we came up with this fun craft to practice them.  We use erasable markers so that she can practice her letters over and over again.

Make a craft that encourages kids to learn to write:

  • Poster board (you could do a smaller version with cardstock)
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or yard stick
  • Scissors
  • Contact paper

We used green on the top (for “go” or “start”), a yellow dashed line in the middle (for “caution”), and a red line at the bottom for “stop.”  I also wrote the alphabet, numbers, and basic shapes in the middle so Dot could use them as examples when learning to write.

Lay the poster out on your contact paper, cutting two pieces and then affixing one to the back and one to the front.  I left about 1 1/2" around the edges to make sure I had enough and then trimmed it down.

Lay the poster out on your contact paper, cutting two pieces and then affixing one to the back and one to the front.  

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What I Learned the Hard Way: I got dry erase markers for this, and they don’t come off quite as well as I was hoping.  Using washable ones and wiping it off with water might be a better way to go.

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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2 comments

  1. Shannon

    if your child is careful with more delicate things, you could just frame a version of this in a glass picture frame, and then the markers will wipe off perfectly again and again, and you can change the templates easily to be mazes, letters, numbers, etc. If it was mounted sturdily to a wall there would be less chance of a glass breakage too.

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