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Combine letter practice, fine motor skills development, and the love of painting all at the same time with this free Fine Motor Letter Painting Activity. As an educator, I’ve observed that there is something magical that happens when you give children paint. They come to life on a whole different level. And when we can strengthen several skills with one super fun activity, it’s a win-win. Try this with your small groups or add it to your literacy centers and it is sure to be a hit!
*Pair this with our Alphabet Phonics Writing Activities for tons more ABC Fun!
Fine Motor Letter Painting Activity
This activity is great for children in Pre-K all the way through 1st grade. If using it in your literacy centers, I recommend placing just a few letter pages in the center each day until your children have completed the entire alphabet.
When my kids complete this activity I love to see even my fluid writers, slow down to really concentrate on their letter formation while completing the letter writing portion at the bottom of the page.
This activity has it all – painting, letter writing, and working those fine motor muscles while gripping the clothespin. When the kids are holding that paintbrush and are given the opportunity to create with a variety of paint colors, they are filled with excitement and the creativity flows!
To get started, gather your simple supplies:
- Fine Motor Letter Painting printables (download below)
- Washable paints
- Paper plates
- Pom poms
- Optional – Small craft supplies (beads, sequins, etc.)
How to Use this Activity
I like to start with just a few letter printables a day for the kids to work on and each day I put out a new set.
We begin with the writing part of this activity first. This allows the kiddos to take their time and do their best work without worrying about messing up their beautifully painted letters.
Onto the fun part! Drop 2-4 paint colors on a paper plate. Assemble the pom pom “paintbrush” by squeezing the clothespin into the open position and pinching the pom pom in the mouth of the clothespin.
Have the kids dab the clothespin pom pom paintbrush into a paint color of their choice. Time to start painting! Remind the children to use a different pom pom per paint color so as not to mix up the paints.
Teacher Tip: If you’re low on paints, no worries! You can place some sequins, beads, or other small craft supplies in your literacy center with this printable. Children can cover the letters with the craft supplies to work those fine motor muscles in a similar way.
It’s always a wonderful thing when we have the opportunity to present our children with an activity that supports a variety of learning styles and skills. This fine motor letter painting activity does exactly that!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Ready to work on those fine motor skills and letter writing? Grab your free copy of the pom pom letter writing and painting printables by clicking the large, yellow download button below!