Amidst the things that can be a struggle for kids to grasp and learn is handwriting. Unfortunately handwriting is the basis for school, learning, and life. It requires hand – eye coordination, focus, and typically a whole lot of patience for the writer and the teacher. The good news is that there are some fun ways to help engage kids in writing activities that can get them along the path of handwriting success.
Quick Tips For Encouraging Handwriting
1. Chalk Writing
Most kids love to play with chalk. When the weather is nice you can get outside on the driveway or sidewalk. I used to play tic tack toe, or create a maze for them to trace through. They would delight in writing letters of the alphabet or their names. You can write things for them to trace or copy, you can bring a book out for them to reference when practicing.
When the weather is not so nice you can use a chalkboard indoors. We bought chalkboard paint and created a chalkboard on one wall in each one of the kids rooms. Countless hours have been spent in front of those boards writing and drawing.
2. Dry Erase Boards and Books
There are a large variety of dry erase books you can purchase. But one of our favorite things to do was to print free printables and put them inside a plastic sheet protector and use dry erase markers on that. Traceables and mazes are a great way for kids to have fun while using the skills needed to become successful at handwriting.
Dry erase boards that are small enough to use on laps and tables are a great way to have kids practice and easily be able to wipe off and redo. Having fun sayings or sentences for them to copy from their favorite books or movies each day helps to keep them engaged in the activity.
3. Shaving Cream
For young kids shaving cream and their fingers are an easy way to get the large motion of writing down. Simply spread shaving cream on a table or other surface in front of them. Then have them make shapes, lines, letters, etc. in the shaving cream with their fingers.
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