With warm weather and sunny days ahead we are trying to soak up as much time outdoors as possible. So we are constantly looking for and finding ways to continue reviewing the alphabet and work on handwriting while outside. The great thing about outdoor handwriting activities is that you can get messy. The messier the better!
Outdoor Handwriting Activities
Shaving Cream: Spray some shaving cream on a cookie sheet and let your kids practice writing different letters or drawing shapes. If they end up in a shaving cream fight before they are done, all the more fun!
Chalk: You can have kids trace letters that you have already set up for them or just draw a few letters and have them try to copy, but chalk is a super fun way to practice writing and allow your kids to get creative.
Water Guns: You can write letters on the pavement or sidewalk with chalk and then have your little ones try to trace / erase the chalk with a water gun. You can also have kids try to write letters with the water gun.
Bath tub crayons: Bath tub crayons are perfect for the swimming pool, too. You can have kids write secret message to each other or just practice writing letters while they swim.
Water Paint: For this all you need is a flat outdoor surface, some water, and a paint brush. You can have kids practice writing on their own or they can trace chalk letters that you have drawn out for them.
Natural Objects: This isn’t as much handwriting but using objects outside like rocks, sticks, or toys have kids try to create different letters.
Sand/Dirt Writing: Using a stick, shell, or shovel you can have your little ones practice forming letters in the sand and dirt.
Sidewalk Squirt Paint: Using the recipe from Growing A Jeweled Rose, you can have your kids write letters using this amazing Magic Sidewalk Squirt Paint. It’s magic because when mixed with vinegar it “erupts”. So, you could even spray the vinegar down first and have them trace your letters with the paint. Not only will they be working on letters but they will get to see the paint erupt as they trace your letters!
To see more ideas on handwriting, strengthening, or prewriting check out this pinterest board.
We hope you enjoy writing outside as much as we do! If you already know or come up with any more fun and exciting ways to practice handwriting outside we would love to hear it.