OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 4 and up
You can use a chalkboard, here I'm using a large chalkboard hung on the wall, though Handwriting Without Tears makes smaller chalkboards. You could also use a dry erase board or even a window.
Most kids hate practicing their letters, especially those children who struggle with writing. So the trick is to find ways to make it fun and to move it away from the traditional paper and pencil. I have used a chalkboard, dry erase board, and even windows in my efforts to engage kids in practicing letters.
In this picture, I am erasing the chalk letters with a wet Q-tip and a small wet sponge. For older kids (6 and up) I would use a Q-tip, the younger kids (4-5) would do best with a small piece of sponge. I always find it works best if the kids get to pick most of the letters they practice, so ask them what letters they would like you to write. Then write the letters on the board and have the children practice by erasing them. After they've picked the letter a few times, "challenge" them with a harder letter that you would like them to practice. Switch it up, have them write the letter and you erase!
To clarify, on windows you can use window markers or even dry erase markers, both work well. The Q-tip and sponge will work just as well on this surface!