Wednesday, December 19, 2012

frosty writing practice

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Bear {4 yrs} loves to practice writing the alphabet, but sometimes the traditional approach of paper and pencil gets dull and unexciting.  so i've tried to find other materials that we can use for him to practice with.  on a cold night not too long ago, it hit me...  this easy and cheap way to add some winter excitement to his letter writing. 
 
i bought a can of spray snow at the craft store for $3.50.  i sprayed it on the outside of the window.  after it dried, i used gloved hands to write the alphabet in it.  because i was on the outside, i had to write all the letters backwards {that's why my handwriting is a bit off in the picture}
 


by spraying the fake snow on the outside of the window, it allows Bear to practice writing his letters by tracing them on the window.  in this instance, he used Crayola window markers {which we love because of how easily they clean off of the windows}.  and when he's done, all he has to do is wipe them off with a handi-wipe and he's all set to go again.
notice the left-handed grasp?  find out more about teaching a left-handed child



i plan to clean the spray snow off in a about a week so that he can practice writing his name and numbers.  this would even work for practice in drawing shapes. 

here are some other ways that we've explored writing and the alphabet:
 
 
 
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16 comments:

Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning said...

I love this idea! I am sure my kids would love to try it out, too. My oldest is a bit bummed that we don't live in a place where it snows, so I think she would be especially excited.

Rockabye Butterfly said...

This is a fab idea! I like new ideas on printing practise, this one is great for wintertime! and practising writing up in front is more useful for a young child than on a table top always. nice work!

Susan Case said...

This is genius Andie. The letters look great. You are such a teacher at heart. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Joyce said...

This is such a creative idea! And I think your handwriting looks great! I bet he had a blast with this :)

Jaime JJ said...

Great idea. I could use some great ideas like this gor my oldest. Thanks gir sharing:-)

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Kat - Creative Playhouse and My-ology said...

Brilliant idea. Any idea how long the snow stays on the window?

Carolyn Elbert said...

I love this idea for teaching writing!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a great way to work on letters.

Rashmie @ Mommy Labs said...

What an innovative and playful idea this is and so irresistible for kids. Pinning it...

Danielle @52 Brand New said...

Fun! I can modify this for my bigger kids and do sight words on the window! Pinning!

Valerie GlitteringMuffins said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Gina {aka East Coast Mommy} said...

Such a cute idea! So simple... I love it! :-)

PragmaticMom said...

What a great idea! My kids love to write and draw on windows using dry erase markers. Wish I had read this post when they were learning their letters!

Susan Case said...

May I link this up to my ABCs Series - under W for Writing? And use your photo with a link to this post?

Melissa Taylor said...

love this - very clever!

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