Free Pre-Writing Shapes Board Game

Free Pre-Writing Shapes Board Game

Improve those beginner handwriting skills with the free pre-writing shapes board game printable! I always try to make handwriting activities fun for kids to learn and one of the easiest way to do that is to turn it into a game! 

Free pre-writing shape board game printable with occupational therapy tips! It’s perfect for kids learning pre-writing shapes. Free numbered spinner included! #prewritingshapes #prewriting #freeprintable #occupationaltherapy #boardgame #activitiesforkids #indooractivities #finemotor #visualmotor #spinnergame

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Pre-Writing Shapes

Pre-Writing shapes are the writing strokes children should learn before attempting to write letters and numbers.  There are 9 pre-writing shapes:

  • Vertical Line
  • Horizontal Line
  • Circle
  • Cross (+)
  • Square
  • Left Diagonal
  • Right Diagonal
  • X
  • Triangle

Try to master them in this order! Start with tracing the shapes and then move on to copying.

Free pre-writing shape board game printable with occupational therapy tips! It’s perfect for kids learning pre-writing shapes. Free numbered spinner included! #prewritingshapes #prewriting #freeprintable #occupationaltherapy #boardgame #activitiesforkids #indooractivities #finemotor #visualmotor #spinnergame

What’s Included:

  • A one page board game of all major shapes (circle, cross, square, X, and triangle). A color and black and white option is included.
  • A numbered paper spinner if needed. It can be used by holding a pencil in the center (or attaching a brass fastener) and using a paper clip as the spinner.  Rolling a die works great, too!

You May Need:

Directions for Using the Pre-Writing Shapes Board Game

  1. Take turns using the spinner or rolling a die to move along the game board. 
  2. Depending on the child’s skill level, draw or trace the shape you landed on.

You can always use pencils, crayons, or markers for making the shapes but I encourage you to get creative! For example, draw on a chalkboard, trace in sand, or form shapes with WikkiStix!

I recommend laminating the board game page and spinner to make it reusable.  If you are using the spinner, use a hole punch or scissors to make a hole in the center if you are using a fastener to attach the paperclip for spinner (There’s no need for a hole if you are using a pencil, though!).


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Do you have any tips on making handwriting more fun? Let me know in the comments below!

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones is co-founder of Dream Team Therapy and an occupational therapist who is currently working in the outpatient setting. She has been practicing for 6 years and has spent each year in her favorite specialty - pediatrics. The best part about being a pediatric therapist is the opportunity to be creative, use your imagination, play everyday. She hopes to bring that same spirt to Dream Team Therapy. When she's not making printables or crafting, she's most likely dancing to Beyoncé, applying a face mask, or reading a good book.

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