A-Z Dab It & Write It Sheets


These Dab It & Write It sheets come in uppercase and lowercase letters.  Grab this new worksheet packet including all 26 lowercase letters. These new worksheets combine the love of painting, ease of cotton swabs, and importance of learning to write letters.  Turn your letter writing worksheets up a notch, with paint!

Students struggle to learn their letters, especially writing them. Evidence shows a multi-level approach to learning, builds motor and cognitive pathways faster than rote copying.  Learners need all the motivation they can get to complete the non-favored task of writing.  These 26 worksheets work on fine motor skills, visual motor learning, and three different ways to practice letter writing.

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Learners are being asked to perform motor tasks such as writing, at a younger age.  Their hand muscles and bones are not fully developed for fine motor precision at ages 2-4.  This can cause additional frustration and feelings of failure, causing many young learners to react negatively to writing tasks.

To combat this, the OT Toolbox has developed several resources to entice learners to participate in fine motor tasks. This set of Dab It & Write It lowercase a-z worksheets are a great learning tool, while being fun and interactive.

Skills addressed:

  • Fine motor coordination
  • Dexterity – handling the cotton swab and dotting in the correct space, or writing letters in the small boxes
  • Precision – staying within the lines, making a mark in the correct space
  • Executive function – following directions, task completion, compliance, focus, attention
  • Visual perception – scanning, figure ground, form constancy
  • Intrinsic hand muscle development – turning the cotton swab in the hand develops these critical muscles
  • Visual motor skills – combining what is seen with motor output
  • Hand Strength
  • Cognitive skills
  • Bilateral coordination – observe for a dominant and helper hand

How to use these Dab it & Write it PDF pages

  • Use cotton swabs to dip into the paint.  Have learners dip into one color on one end, and another color on the other end.  Dabbing with two colors is not only fun, it builds pattern recognition, and uses the intrinsic muscles of the hand as the learner rotates the swab
  • Use the same cotton swabs to dab the letter in the blank box or swipe the cotton swab on the page to form the letter
  • Lastly, have learners copy the letters into the provided boxes
  • You can laminate these pages for reusability and dab with dry erase markers
  • Enlarge the pictures and use bingo markers to dab the dots
  • Cotton swabs limit the paint mess, and germ sharing, by being disposable.  There are reusable swabs if you would like to limit your carbon footprint.
  • Project these pages onto a smart board for learners to come to the board and dab with a pointer or stylus
  • Work through the alphabet a-z or in the Handwriting without Tears progression of letters
  • Make these dab it and write it sheets part of a lesson plan incorporating other writing or letter activities 


  • Bilateral skills and hand dominance
  • Frustration tolerance
  • Attention to detail
  • Focus
  • Coordination to hold and manipulate the cotton swab
  • Organization of work
  • Number of times the directions are repeated
  • Amount of physical and verbal assistance needed
  • Sitting skills
  • Compensation techniques – also observed as “cheating”


Grab these lowercase a-z Dab it & Write it Worksheets, along with the uppercase ones,  to enhance your lesson plan, while motivating students to engage in fine motor writing tasks.