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My kids love bees! Ever since we learned about how they pollinate flowers and make honey, they’ve been hooked. So I decided to incorporate their love of bees into some fun themed activities! This free May Flowers Pre-Writing and Letter Recognition Activity will get your little learners buzzing with excitement this spring and summer!
*Pair with our Spring Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten!
May Flowers Pre-Writing and Letter Recognition Activity
This engaging, fine motor and letter recognition activity lets children pretend that they’re bees, as they trace dashed lines from bees to flowers.
Tracing lines is a great way to help strengthen fine motor skills and improve eye-hand coordination. Children need to have control of their hands before they are ready to learn to write letters.
There are lots of fun and engaging pre-writing activities, such as tracing shapes in sand, stringing beads, and shaping play dough.
When children are ready for paper based activities, this type of tracing strip is the perfect next step. Add an extra level of excitement to this activity by laminating the paper and offering dry erase markers to trace with. Kids can’t resist dry erase markers!
May Flowers Pre-Writing Strips
The pre-writing strips are so fun! When each little bee gets to the end of its dashed line, it reaches a flower with a letter in its center. The best part is how versatile they are!
Here are some ways I like to use the pre-writing strips:
- Working with children individually or in small groups, I tell them the letter name, have them trace the bee’s path, and then ask them to repeat the letter name when they reach the flower.
- I provide several strips at once, call out a letter, and have the children choose the correct strip to trace.
- As an option for differentation, sometimes I will only provide the strips for letters the kids already know, and allow them to work independently.
May Flowers Letter Recognition Recording Sheets
After we have practiced with our pre-writing strips, we move onto the letter recognition recording sheets. We pick a pre-writing strip, find the matching flower on the recording sheet, and stamp it with a dot marker.
Just like dry erase markers, kids love dot markers!
Extend the Activity
If you’re teaching your kiddos about bees, there are a few excellent books you can read aloud. The Beeman by Laurie Krebs is a simple, relatable story about a grandfather who is a beekeeper. Explore My World: Honey Bees by Jill Esbaum has amazing photography and is geared towards early learners.
These are just a couple of my favorite read alouds and they are perfect lead-ins to this May Flowers Pre-Writing and Letter Recognition Activity!
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Are you ready to start working on fine motor and letter recognition skills? Grab your free copy of this May Flowers Pre-Writing and Letter Recognition Activity by clicking on the large, yellow download button below!