Could your child’s handwriting skills use a bit of boost? If so, you’re in the right place! In this post, I’m going to list 10 easy things that you can start doing today that will help them to improve their handwriting skills! Oh, by the way, these are all favorites in my classroom!
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Painting with Q-tips
This activity helps develop the small muscles of the hand and is simple to set up! Just grab some non-toxic paint, a Q-tip, and a paper plate and let them paint their way to improved fine motor skills!
Dot to Dots
Doing dot to dot puzzles help improve contraction, hand-eye coordination, and helps with pencil pressure, all skills required for improving handwriting skills.
Shaving Cream Writing
Kids love messy play! Let’s be honest writing the same letter again and again on paper can get pretty boring. Shaking things up with shaving cream is fun for children and gets them motivated to improve those letter skills!
Playdoh is perfect for increasing hand strength and kids love to roll the doh to form letters, which helps with letter reinforcement. Fun tip: I pair playdoh letters with video modeling to increase engagement.
All kids love to write on the chalkboard! Chalkboard writing lets them write on a vertical surface, which puts their wrist in an extended position. With the wrist in this position, it helps to stabilize their hand for better pencil grip and control when writing. Fun tip: I have a student who asks to write on the board as a reward for getting all of her classwork done!
Writing in Boxes
Writing letters in boxed paper helps control letter size and takes writing up a notch versus just writing on paper. Kids love it! Fun tip: have your child do boxed crossword puzzles, it’s fun and they forget they are working on handwriting skills.
Writing on Hi-Write Paper
Hi-write paper has a yellow highlighted section on the paper that is great for kids needing to see where to place letters on the baseline. This paper comes in a variety of writing levels to meet your child where they are and help them advance to the next level!
This makes writing fun! Kids can watch, learn, and imitate what they see. Learning without tears is offering a free 90 day trial of an interactive video that makes learning letter formation fun! Check it out here Hitt.Lwtears.com
Use tongs or tweezers to pick up small items
This is a great way to build hand muscles in children. Have your child pick up beads with the tongs and place them in a cup. Fun tip: My students love to play Shelby’s Snack Shack!
Try a pencil grip
Using a pencil grip may help with muscle fatigue, which could be making it hard for your child to write neatly. A pencil grip can be a short term fix until your child’s hands have become stronger from trying the activities listed above! I recommend getting a variety pack, so you can see which one fits comfortably in your child’s hand.
These simple activities will not only build up your child’s hand strength but make the tasks of improving handwriting skills FUN! Building hand strength is one of the first steps in improving handwriting skills, being that muscle fatigue leads to messy handwriting.
So comment below and let me know if you have or will try any of the activities listed above. Happy Handwriting!
Erika is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant working in an elementary school setting. She wanted to create a blog and podcast that shows all sides of school-based learning. Her #1 focus is on providing parents of children with learning disabilities with relevant information in hopes of making each day a little more functional. So if you are interested in more content like this, please sign up below.