Pre-Writing Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Bean Name Gluing

There are many things you can do to refine your child’s pencil grip and hand-eye coordination BEFORE giving her a pencil and paper to begin writing.  This fun activity is a favorite pre-writing exercise that helps build on those skills long before your child can read and write.


I wrote L’s name on some pieces of cardstock and put one on a tray with a small bowl of uncooked black-eyed peas.  I told her that the letters spelled her name, and we traced them with our fingers.  Then I put a line of glue on the first letter and showed L how to line up peas along the glue on the letter.


When the entire first letter had the peas glued on, I put glue on the second letter and we repeated the activity.  We continued to do this one letter at a time until the whole name was finished.


This was the finished product the first time L did it.  Each time since then, it has become more refined.  The peas are small enough that the child must use the same grip she would use to hold a pencil correctly, and lining them up on the letters works on her hand-eye coordination.  Older children can put the glue on by themselves, which would further develop those skills as well as building hand strength.

9 thoughts on “Pre-Writing Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers — Bean Name Gluing

  1. Thanks, I’m totally going to do this. Did you use glue stick or bottle? Just wondering bc I could see bottle glue getting messy even if I put it on but the glue stick not holding the peas on the paper very well.

  2. I love you blog! I, unfortunately, don’t engage much with it…as far as “liking” and commenting…but I plan to start doing so because you provide so many awesome ways to teach at home!! Thank you and keep up the great work!

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