Tracing Zigzag Lines

Here is a fun writing practice activity using Zigzag Lines. All you will need is paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils or markers. Try it outside with water, paint brushes and chalk.

Materials (but not limited to):

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Water
  • Paint Brush
  • Chalk

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Parents will create simple lines on a paper and have your child use their finger to trace a simple straight line or fun zigzag lines.
  • Three-year-olds—Have your child trace the lines using any writing utensil they would like. If you try this outside, create a zigzag line on the sidewalk and have your child use water and a paint brush to trace over the line and watch it disappear. Your child can also try using scissors to cut their zigzag lines.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Challenge your child with more compact, switchback zigzag lines or even curvy lines. Another way to challenge them is by having them finish the line by continuing the design. They can also use zigzag lines to create a picture.

Skills Supported: fine motor development and writing skills