Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Back Writing" – Kindergarten to 1st Grade

Pre-Reading, Letter Recognition, Handwriting
Write a letter on your child’s back with your finger. After he figures out the letter, encourage him to think of a word that starts with that letter. Once your child gets the hang of this, you can try writing short words as well.

Variation – Use your finger to write a letter on the palm of your child’s hand. This way, he can actually see the “writing” strokes.

Source: Bright and Beyond, Smart & Simple Reading Activities to do with your Child, Ages 5 to 9, Kindergarten to 3rd Grade. Available at
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