I haven't tried with my 3.5 year old yet. I am going to do a highlighting tracing activity next week with her name since she knows how to spell it now.
Work on fine motor - don't worry about the handwriting now.
Playing with modeling clay, play dough, using tongs to sort small objects, draw a "monster" with markers on paper and give him a squirt bottle. Have him "squirt" the monster away by repeatedly squeezing the squirter and douse the paper.
Fine motor skills are more important and necessary at this age than forcing handwriting.
Although - alternate mediums help drum up interest - dry erase markers and a mini board, a magnetic doodle board for drawing , etc...
we love drawing in the dusty dirt! bathtub fingerpaints are awesome at any age. I do agree with the playdough too. puzzles are also great for fine motor. =)
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