Little hands finished writing the number 5 on a small chalkboard.

Learning Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try

Learning Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try

The new school year is here! Help your children learn letter formation with this sensory rich activity. Formly Handwriting Without Tears, the Learning Without Tears handwriting curriculum was development by an occupational therapist who was seeking a fun and developmentally appropriate way to teach children to write letters and numbers. Wet-Dry-Try is just one method for teaching capital letters to your children.

Little hands finished writing the number 5 on a small chalkboard.

Materials Required:

  • Small chalkboard (suggested size is 4" x 6")
  • Little chalk bits ( approx. 1" long pieces)
  • Small sponge cube (you can cut a regular sized sponge into 2" square cube)
  • Paper towel bits (2" x 2" square should be plenty)
  • Water in small bowl


Have all materials ready and choose a workspace with the a table and chair that fits the child.

Steps of Activity:

Step by step directions on how to use the Handwriting Without Tears Wet-Dry-Try method.


  • Demonstrate the activity first.
  • Use consistent words to describe strokes (big line, little line, big curve, small curve).
  • Use small sponge cubes and chalk bits to help children development a proper pencil grip.
  • Squeeze excess water from sponge or the letter will get too wet.
  • This activity works best one-on-one or in small groups.

An IPAD app is also available in the app store that simulates this activity. To download the app, just type "Wet Dry Try" in the app store search bar or click

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