This one is for the moms of the kiddos that love to say “I can’t draw” or “I don’t know how to write” or flat out “I DON’T WRITE!”
Tracing paper is your best friend, that’s why we include it in all of our writing center boxes.
Ok so some people hate tracing paper. They say, “There is less freedom in what you draw and write, it becomes a less creative practice and it is very "color in the lines".
To that I say, some kids/people need that. Coloring outside of the lines freaks a lot of people out. Plus there are plenty of ways to add that to the experience after.
I am a creative (I know shocking) so tracing paper never kept my creative self from popping out. It was a cool trick but I quickly wanted to add glitter so it became a whole other thing. I don’t think tracing paper will make your kid less creative. I do think tracing paper will help a lot of kids who are fearful of writing, dip their toe in the pool.
Tracing paper in your writing center should be cut into fours (a-la mini is magic) and clipped on clipboard if available with painters/washi tape, to take the frustration of sliding out of the way. From here you can literally print out anything and make a project from it, just google “ dinosaur outline” or type in a clear bold font.
Tracing paper is the magical bridge for kids who are just about ready to start labeling their drawings or draw with way more detail. In our Monthly Writing Centers we use it to support labeling practice by including outlines in our mini books with tracing paper cut to size. Such a simple writing prompt with a big punch!