Tracing sheets with simple traceable lines give children the start they need to be able to form letters and words one day. Worksheets give kids the opportunity to control a pencil while strengthening their pincer grip.
What is a pincer grip? Children develop this around the age of 12 months. It is simply the ability to grab an object using the thumb and index finger of their dominant hand. It is also a grasp that is necessary when learning to control a pencil and write.
Hold a pencil or pen in your hand and you will immediately see why the pincer grip needs to be strengthened.
All the lines in this section are straight lines. Start with the straight lines until your child is comfortable and can easily draw them... then move on to curved lines.
There are several different tracing worksheets below for tracing straight lines. The pictures will help insure kids will want to learn. All are different to keep children interested and engaged in learning.
Draw lines to match farm animals with their babies, match shapes, drive cars, draw lines or boxes, or draw straight lines all around the worksheet.
Start with the simple straight lines before moving on to the more advanced worksheets.
Why tracing is helpful...
The dotted lines on the free tracing worksheets serve as a guide for new writers and gives them immediate feedback. When a child goes off the line, they realize they need more pencil control. Typically, a child will slow the speed of the pencil and make accuracy an important factor.
Not only is a child getting more hand/eye coordination practice, but children are learning to use their small muscles in a controlled way. They have to see it first with their eyes and then draw the appropriate lines.
Practicing with tracing worksheets will help children get ready for the important step of correctly forming both upper and lowercase letters and numerals. Making straight lines and curves will insure that making letters and numbers will be easier.
Let your child lead...
Children have short attention spans so choose a time when your child is neither tired or hungry. Keep the lessons short. If your child seems frustrated or uninterested, it's best to try again another day. You want your child to have fun and be engaged in learning. Never should a child be made to feel as if it is work.