40+ Amazing Letter Formation Activities for Your Little Ones

Letter formation activities are integral in helping children develop their ability to write the letters in the alphabet, the basic building block of language. 

Learning to write letters shouldn’t be monotonous and boring for your kids. Activities that make learning fun and engaging are necessary to help them have a positive attitude toward writing. โœ๏ธ

Letter Formation Activities for Your Kids

Learning to write letters can prove to be overwhelming and difficult for kids. It is necessary to break down the process into simple activities to help them write legibly and efficiently. 

The basics of letter formation, introduced to toddlers, can help them develop their pincer grip and warm up to picking up a pencil or crayon. The random scribblings that my daughter is a great way to start the process.

In this blog, I have listed activities that will guide you in helping your children form letters while having a lot of fun together. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Letter Formation with Basic Lines and Strokes

The first step to teaching letter formations is to help your kids get their lines and strokes right. If they master drawing the lines, strokes, shapes, and making the curves, forming letters becomes easier.

My son enjoyed these pre-writing exercises when he was starting to learn to form letters. ใ€ฐ๏ธ

Pro Tip:

Pre-writing activities help children adapt to the idea of forming letters and holding a grip on the pencil to make sure the writing is legible. Uppercase also tends to be easier for kids to write, so it will take some time for them to transition to lowercase and get comfortable.

Letter Formation with Direction Sheet

A direction sheet can be a great resource in guiding your kids while writing letters. 

My son relied on visual cues from this sheet rather than verbal directions to form letters.

On a sheet of paper, write down all the letters – uppercase and lowercase. 

Using a different color pen, draw arrows along the letter with numbers to indicate the flow of the letter. ๐Ÿ” 

Imitating the path of the movements of the letters helps kids remember and replicate the alphabet more efficiently.

Letter Formation with Water

Water can make for a great tool while learning to write.

Take a black cardboard sheet or a chalkboard for this activity so the water lines are visible. 

Write down all the letters on the surface with colored chalk. 

Make your kids trace over the chalk letters with water and a paintbrush. ๐Ÿ’ง

Letter Formation with Air Writing

Air writing is a fun exercise for kids to remember the motions of the letters.

Make your children write letters in the air using the index finger. 

This activity also helps build muscle strength, which leads to good handwriting. ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ

Letter Formation with Sensory Writing Trays

My son enjoyed these writing trays as they gave him a sensory experience and were equally fun. 

Fill a tray with a thin layer of sand, salt, rice, or any other sensory materials, and make sure the lines can cast an impression on the tray. 

Create these trays for kids to practice lines, letters, and words. ๐Ÿ“ฅ

Give them cards as a reference to replicate the letters, which helps in improving their motor skills.

Letter Formation with Shaving Cream

Shaving creams provide a great sensory medium for kids to practice letter formations with minimal hassle. 

Spray the shaving cream on the tray in a thin layer. You should be able to see the letter formed on the bottom of the tray. 

Let your kids play around with the cream while making lines and letters. 

The texture and airiness of the shaving cream make it even more exciting for kids to do this activity. ๐Ÿงด

Letter Formation with Play Dough

Making things out of play dough is among my son’s favorite activities. ๐ŸŽ—๏ธ

Using Play Dough is a hands-on way to get them to enjoy the process while learning. 

Start with rolling the clay into thin lines and then joining them to make the letters of the alphabet. 

This activity also allows the child to develop motor muscles while – rolling, molding, and modeling the clay. 

Letter Formation with Play Dough and Sticks

Spread the play dough into a sheet with a thickness good enough to write on. Let the kids practice writing letters on the play dough using toothpicks, sticks, chopsticks, or skewers. ๐Ÿฅข

You can use different colors of playdough and roll them out into sheets of different patterns to make it more fun. 

This activity also helps strengthen their hand muscles and motor skills. 

Letter Formation with Lego

My husband’s Lego collections came in handy when my Lego-loving son, who loved everything about these blocks, started to learn letter formations. 

Give your kids Lego blocks to build letters in a fun and engaging way. For beginners, you could print out the Lego Alphabet Cards to help guide them in piecing together the alphabet. ๐Ÿงฎ

Pro Tip:

Once they have finished building the letter, you could ask them to replicate it by writing it on paper to help them retain and recall the formation. 

Letter Formation with Lego and PlayDough

Two of my son’s favorite things combined into one fun activity. โ™ฅ๏ธ

Roll the playdough into a sheet of considerable thickness. 

Use the Lego brick pieces to stamp letters into the clay. Clay allows them to be creative and have fun stamping with Lego blocks.

Use a combination of different sizes and shapes of Lego bricks and squares to make uppercase and lowercase letters. 

Letter Formation with Sticks and Twigs

Nature’s resources come in handy for this activity. My son and I collect sticks and twigs from our garden when we want to do this activity. 

Use different sizes of twigs to make it easier to form letters. 

This activity helps make uppercase letters as opposed to the lower case, which has a lot of curves. ๐ŸŒฒ

Letter Formation with Alphabet Puzzles

Alphabet puzzles are fun to identify letters and recall their order in the alphabet. 

Identifying letters is a vital step to learning the formations and understanding letter formations. 

These puzzles are available in activity stores and let your kids place each letter in its designated puzzle space. ๐Ÿ”ค

Letter Formation with Tracing Mats

Cut out the letters of the alphabet in your preferred sizes on paper and laminate each of them individually. 

Kids can practice writing on the laminated alphabet over and over again with an erasable marker.

It is also an efficient practice as it helps them trace the motions of the letter and get acquainted. ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ

Pro Tip:

Laminate the uppercase and lowercase letters to help the kids learn the differences in the formation of writing them.

Letter Formation with Sensory Cards

Sensory cards helped my son touch and feel the letter formations while ensuring a sensory experience.

Make individual cards with outlines of letters on thick cardboard pieces. Glue and fill the letters with any material of choice – sand, pasta, beads, or rice and make sure it sticks well. ๐Ÿš

Kids can feel and touch the shapes of letters this way.

Making this may be time-consuming, but the result is worth the effort.

Letter Formation with Popsicle Sticks

A portable activity to learn letter formations anywhere and anyplace. 

It kept my son engaged during a flight journey. โœˆ๏ธ

Use popsicle sticks to highlight how many strokes it takes to form a letter. It is a simple and engaging activity that teaches kids about the motions and strokes involved in each letter. 

Pro Tip:

You can carry a pack of popsicle sticks in a box with some alphabet flashcards for your kids to do this activity while on the go.

Letter Formation with Worksheets

A simple activity that schools use to teach kids letter formation.

Print worksheets or buy a workbook that allows kids to trace the letters with the help of arrow directions indicating how they should flow. 

My son enjoys practicing in colorful workbooks that have illustrations for each letter. Choosing a visually appealing book does get them excited to practice the letters. ๐Ÿ“ƒ

Letter Formation with Cookie Cutters

If you find cookie cutters in the shape of letters, you can use them to let your kids practice writing letters.

Make your child hold the cutter in place with their non-dominant hand on the paper. Use colored pencils or crayons to trace the letter within the shape to help practice. ๐Ÿช

Letter Formation with Small Objects

An easy motor activity to trace letters with the help of small objects.

Print and cut individual letters that have space inside their outlines. 

Let your kids fill the letters with small objects like sharpeners, paper clips, and beads along the motion of its formation. ๐Ÿ“Ž

Pro Tip:

You can replace the small objects with cute and tiny stickers to get excited about filling the letter.

Letter Formation with Stencils

Let your kids start tracing with stencils having thick letter formations, and then move to stencils with thinner letter formations to increase the difficulty.

Using stencils is a great way to get them to practice more without being overwhelmed. โœ๏ธ

My son loves using stencils to decorate school projects and greeting cards.

Letter Formation with Pipe Cleaners

Shaping pipe cleaners into letters is a fun and engaging way to make children learn formations and improve their motor skills.

Choose different colors of piper cleaners and let your kids bend and shape them to form the letters. 

This activity also aids them in learning the curves and shapes in the alphabet. ๐Ÿ”บ

Letter Formation with Pasta 

The different shapes of the pasta make it the perfect choice for this unconventional but rather impactful activity.

Write down the letters of the alphabet on sheets of paper. Let your kids trace along the outline for the letter using different pasta shapes. 

Pasta shapes make learning more fun. ๐Ÿ

Pro Tip:

To increase the level of the activity, you can use a bowlful of cooked and cooled spaghetti to let the kids trace along the letters. 

Unlike other pasta shapes, spaghetti requires kids to cut and shape it to form letters.

Letter Formation with Cotton Buds

Cotton buds, a staple in all our homes, can be used for an engaging activity.

Make your kids form letters using cotton buds. It is a simple yet resourceful activity. 

The size of the cotton buds makes it easy to carry around with you anywhere. ๐Ÿ‘

Pro Tip:

Cotton buds are more helpful in writing uppercase letters than in lowercase. You can use a combination of cotton buds and other objects to make shapes and curves in lowercase.

Letter Formation with Cotton Buds and Paint

My son had a lot of fun with this activity! 

Write out the letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper. Give your kids different colors of paint and let them use the cotton bud as a medium to paint over the letters. ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ

Pro Tip:

Another way to make this fun is to let the kids place dots along the lines of the letters. After the initial tracing exercises with the alphabet sheet, make them write the letters on their own on a plain sheet of paper.

Letter Formation with Toy Cars

Activities that include toys the children play with always becomes exciting for them.

Print out letters of the alphabet to resemble the tracks of a road and laminate them. Your kids can drive their toy cars on the letters along the road tracks like a race track game. ๐ŸŽ๏ธ

Letter Formation with Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots happen to be my son’s favorite pastime and also doubled as an exciting way to teach him letters.

Print or draw out dots outlining the shape of the letters. 

Number the dots along the movements of the letters to guide how they should connect them. It becomes easy to show the directions of the letter formations. โšซ๏ธ

Pro Tip:

After they finish connecting the dots, let them color inside the letters to get acquainted with the flow of the alphabet.

Letter Formation with Connect the Lines

A version of Connect the Dots but with lines!

Draw lines outlining the shape of the letters – this results in forming incomplete letters. Now, get your kids to join the lines to complete them. 

This activity is a bit more advanced than Connect the Dots, without numbers for guidance, but equally fun. ใ€ฐ๏ธ

Letter Formation with Paints

Time to get your fingers messy to do this fun activity. 

Write letters on a piece of paper. 

Let your kids get their fingertips messy while trying to trace over the lines of the letter. ๐ŸŽจ

Letter Formation with Chalk

Chalk and a board can make letter formations exciting. 

Let your kids try to replicate letters from a reference card with chalk and board. 

You could also write one letter and ask them to copy it on the board to get a grasp of the formation. ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

Pro Tip:

You can even turn this into an imaginary classroom scenario where your kids teach you how to write the letters.

Letter Formation with Lacing Cards

Thread your way through the letters with this craft activity.

Write the letters of the alphabet on individual cardboard squares with equal-spaced holes along the lines of the letter. 

Make your kids thread through the holes in the letter formation. ๐Ÿงต

This activity helps improve their hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Their pincer grasp also develops while threading the letters.

Letter Formation with Everyday Objects

My son and I loved forming letters with objects around the home.

Day-to-day objects that you find around your home are perfect for this activity. You could use stones, leaves, buttons, coins, paperclips, bottle caps, and so on to form letters. ๐Ÿ–‡๏ธ

A hands-on activity that lets kids form letters with everyday objects found around them. 


These activities helped my son improve how he formed letters and helped him become confident while writing the alphabet. 

I hope you liked this comprehensive list of activities I put together in this blog post. Please comment below on which activities you would try at home with your kids. ๐Ÿ˜

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