I don’t know about you, but I often buy tissue paper for a gift and then have just a few pieces left over that end up in my craft supplies for the kids. They are great for doing projects and it’s always great when those projects involve learning! These tissue paper letters are simple to create, fun to do and great for fine-motor skills!

letter S traced with crumpled tissue paper

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Tissue Paper Letters

  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Tissue Paper Squares
  • Markers
This tissue paper activity is great for practicing letter formation with preschoolers!

Start by drawing the letter on the paper. We choose “S” because it’s the first letter in my daughter’s name, but you can do this activity with any letter.

Then, trace the letter in glue. I prefer using traditional school glue for this activity because it is easier for kids to see and easier to get the tissue paper to stick, resulting in less frustration for the kids.

You can draw the letter with the glue for your child or let them do it if they have the hand muscles to do it.

This tissue paper activity is great for practicing letter formation with preschoolers!

After the letter has glue on it, crumple some tissue paper and place it on the glue to “trace” the letter.

This tissue paper activity is great for practicing letter formation with preschoolers!

I love these letters because the child is looking at the letter formation for an extended period of time and interacting with it, so it is more likely to ‘stick’ in their minds!

You can also try this with names, sight words,or word families. It’s such a versatile project!

And if it’s not a huge success the first time that you try, don’t be afraid to wait awhile and try it again. Kids’ skills and interests change so quickly, that what doesn’t work today, may very well be a favorite activity a few months from now.


author avatar
Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

Similar Posts