Glue Tracing

letter tracing with glue

This glue tracing activity saved my sanity and worked on my son’s pre-writing skills. My son loves glue and I fell in love with this post over at Play Activities - yesterday while trying to keep my sanity with a newborn who wouldn’t sleep and a 3 year old who only wanted to play soccer… in the living room, I busted it out.  Simple, fun and you can let it dry and use the sheets again. My son really loved it ( thank goodness), oh and it works their fine motor and hand eye coordination too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper ( heavy is better so the glue won’t seep through if they use a little too much), a marker and glue.Glue Tracing
  2. Start by writing letters , making shapes , numbers or even just designs.Glue Tracing
  3. Hand them the glue and have them trace.Glue TracingGlue Tracing
  4. If it’s too tricky grab some new paper and make the letters larger.
  5. Let dry and trace and feel them with your fingers!Glue Tracing


  1. Holly says

    Fun idea! Letter tracing with finger really helps those early learners who are tactile. We have some glitter glue at home that my daughter really likes to use…might try this one soon!

  2. says

    What a great idea! I can’t get my son to trace yet but he LOVES glue and he needs the fine motor skills work. I’m trying this tomorrow!

  3. Amy says

    As a Montessori preschool teacher, I LOVE this idea!!! I might use the child-sized bottles of glue though. Also, wanted to mention that most letters a child learns to read are written in LOWER case, as opposed to uppercase. Again, I LOVE this idea, especially using glitter glue!!! Thanks! :)

    • admin says

      Yes, it could be adjusted to lowercase for children learning to read. We were just playing with the letters and working on tracing, not letter recognition , I should have made that note, thanks!


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