Learning to write is a long and demanding process. Its success depends on many factors, among which is developed graphomotor skills. What is it? In short, it is a skill that allows you to use the acquired motor skills to write. We are talking about visual perception, motor coordination, and remembering spelling. We can say that we look, see and react accordingly to write letters, words and whole sentences.

One of the many exercises developing graphomotor skills is tracing. Drawings, patterns, and finally letters. ... read more

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Graphomotor exercises by tracing lines

Tracing lines for kids have a positive effect on:

  • development of hand-eye coordination,
  • fluidity of movement and dynamics of writing,
  • mapping shapes,
  • keeping within the designated limits, ruling,
  • not taking a hand off the page while writing,
  • concentration.

Tracing lines is a graphomotor exercise that helps children master the skills needed to learn to write. Its task is to develop the child's eye-hand coordination, improve control over the pen or crayon, fluidity of movements, not taking the hand off the page, as well as concentration needed for smooth writing. Mastering these skills translates into better learning results. And therefore, it also affects the intellectual and emotional development of the child.

This exercise consists of tracing certain shapes using a finger, marker, crayon or pen. These can be simple geometric figures, funny pictures, objects from everyday life, or finally patterns for kids and letters.

Precise tracing requires the child to focus attention and precise hand movement. Therefore, the first works of this type of many children differ significantly from the pattern. And there's nothing wrong with that. Over time and with another exercises, children develop their graphomotor skills. Thanks to this, further drawings become closer to the original.

Tracing lines for preschoolers - an example of a child's work
Tracing picture with a dinosaur - an example of a child's work at the age of 3.
Tracing lines for preschoolers - an example of a child's work
Tracing picture with a snowflake - an example of a child's work in primary school.

Over time, hand-eye coordination and precision of hand movements improve. During practice, children learn to properly hold crayons and felt-tip pens, and later pens. They master control over the pressure of the tool on the paper, which may initially result in broken styluses and writing tips stuck inside the felt-tip pen. But, perhaps, it will save some nib in the pen? It will definitely reduce the number of blots.

Mapping shapes is also an exercise to improve concentration. In order for a drawing or pattern to come out elegant, children must focus on the activities performed and control their attention. Sometimes despite many distractions, such as a dog demanding to play, the radio on, or classmates talking in class.

Tracing lines for preschoolers drawn by kids
A child's first contact with the tracing lines at the age of 4 (4 and a half).

Doing the same task frequently, even if we change the source pattern for tracing, can discourage children to exercise. Therefore, while working on the development of graphomotor skills, it is worth using other graphomotor exercises as a diversion.

Other exercises supporting the development of graphomotor skills

As I mentioned earlier, tracing lines is not the only exercise that can help kids develop their graphomotor skills. However, it is most often used already at the stage of preparation for learning to write, with children with properly developed fine motor skills.

    Many other art and technical activities can be used for exercises supporting the development of graphomotor skills:
  • Painting over and coloring are among the most frequently used and simplest exercises that can successfully do by children, teenagers, adults and seniors.
  • Creating drawings or variations based on chosen inspiration.
  • Drawing maps and game boards.
  • Copying drawings by using tracing paper, illuminated glass (e.g. window pane), or even drawing on the foil in which the drawing-pattern is located.
  • Redrawing drawings to the same size or scale, but without using copy tools or even aids such as a ruler, compass, or template.

In all this tracing and mapping, let's not forget about creativity. Tasks with a specific pattern are fun as an exercise in manual skills, however, it does little to shape creativity. It's an exercise in body control, after all.

Take time to have fun!

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