Printable Pre-Writing Notebook for Toddlers and Preschoolers

My three-year old son loves to be a participant in school time. Sometimes its as simple as listening to our read aloud while he plays with his cars and other times he wants to feel like he is actively pursuing higher education. ?

Being the busy-body that he is, I’m always on the hunt to keep him occupied while I work with his older sister.

My latest venture is this pre-writing notebook…

Since I don’t officially school him, my goal is to give him every opportunity to build his fine motor skills while making him feel apart of what we are doing.


Building Fine Motor Skills

I know there are so many ways to foster fine motor skills. The best way being, to do every day activities together like building blocks, or turning pages of a book.

It sounds so simple, but it makes a huge difference.

When I taught elementary, I helped administer the Kindergarten aptitude tests and observed many children who could not function with the simplest skills needed to begin grade school.

My point being, don’t underestimate the things you teach your kids and the time your spend with them. You are preparing them for the day they are handed a pencil and asked to write their name.


Pre-writing Notebook

Back to the pre-writing notebook…

Jace has been making circles on paper and asking me how to draw certain objects. I thought I would combine his desire to draw with an introduction to the basic strokes of handwriting.

In the notebook, on each page is a picture for him to trace or draw a familiar object using a particular stroke. Then, at the bottom of the page is a series of traceable stokes in traditional handwriting format.

I don’t correct, or even give much instruction. He just traces and draws, and inevitably feels quite proud of himself. And while he’s feeling great, I am too…It’s like secretly mixing vegetables into his food.?



This is a small activity notebook. Any small three-ring binder or folder would have worked, but I chose a durable 1/2 inch three-ring binder as well as, heavy weight, clear page protectors that could withstand the use of a three-year old.

I inserted the 16 page printable into the page protectors and enclosed them within the three-ring binder, and voila! Done!

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I recently opened a TPT store so I can share these resources with you.  Don’t worry, they are not spendy…at.all.  The TPT platform gives me an organized way for people to get my resources while allowing me to make a couple bucks back for the hours that I spend creating them.  Win. Win.

Hm…Does this make me a momprenuer? ?

If you want to make one of these, you can find the


*Also, check out these Fall-Themed Pre-writing Activities!




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