I went looking for a Mandarin font that showed up with the stroke order included as part of the characters. I went in thinking “Yes, I know this is a bit special, but surely someone must have already done this”.
Unfortunately, I came up empty handed. Having said that, I did find a Japanese version of what I was after. I gave it a try and it works as advertised– if you have Japanese text in your document, you can simply highlight and change the font to this one and ‘voila’, it shows up with stroke numbers. You can then increase the font size and print it out.
In my playbook, I would combine this with the idea of making your own tracing sheets. Making something like the image here is completely with in your grasp with a font like this (it shows up as KanjiStrokeOrders in your font book) installed on your machine.
The reality is that, once you’ve mastered the general patterns of stroke orders (i.e. for left-right split characters, start on the top left and finish the left side first), you can largely ‘figure out’ most characters without a tool like this, but it doesn’t take much to make you question your judgement for characters that aren’t totally predictable.
You can download the font (漢字の筆順のフォント) from http://www.nihilist.org.uk/
If anyone finds a Chinese version, please let me know!