We’re winding down to the last couple weeks of The Pen Pal Project and we wanted to share some of our favorite expert tips and strategies to help kids improve handwriting! We also have another fun writing prompt for all the pen pals out there!
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This week, kids will get to write about: the best thing that’s happened this summer!
–Week 9 Writing Prompt Handwriting Page for older kids who are ready to write on their own.
–Week 9 Fill in the Blank Page for little ones who need a little guidance and a shorter writing activity.
We are so lucky to be a part of an awesome group of other therapy bloggers who always have great tips to share. Here are some of our favorite ideas from other pediatric occupational therapists about how to help kids improve their handwriting!
1 || Using Slanted/Vertical Surfaces to Improve Handwriting – Your Kids OT
2 || 10 Simple Drawing and Handwriting Games – Your Therapy Source
3 || Encouraging Reluctant Writers – Your Kids OT
4 || Handwriting Self Checklist for Kids – Your Therapy Source
5 || Alternatives to Table-Top Writing – Handwriting With Katherine
6 || Quick Handwriting Tip – The Inspired Treehouse
7 || “Stuck in the Mud” Handwriting Paper – Therapy Fun Zone
8 || DIY Weighted Pencil – Therapy Fun Zone
9 || 12 Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting with Preschoolers – Golden Reflections Blog
10 || Handwriting Warm-Ups – Handwriting With Katherine
11 || Developing an Efficient Pencil Grasp – The Inspired Treehouse
12 || Supporting Handwriting With Good Seating and Posture – Handwriting With Katherine
13 || Tips for Teaching Lefties to Write – Mama OT
14 || Tips for Kids Who Press Too Hard When They Write – Sugar Aunts
15 || Tips and Tricks for Improving Handwriting in Middle Schoolers – Miss Jaime OT
So let’s hear it! What are your best tips and strategies for helping kids with handwriting? Leave us a comment below or post your best suggestions on our Facebook page!
One of the most common skills that kids tends to suffer over the summer? Handwriting. Kids can have difficulty with many aspects of this important skill, including letter formation, hand strength, maintaining spacing and sizing, and keeping their writing on the lines. In any case, practice makes perfect – and kids just don’t get a lot of practice with handwriting during the summer.
So this summer, we’re excited to bring you The Pen Pal Project! The goal of this project is to encourage kids to keep writing all summer long but to have fun while they’re doing it!
Each week, we’ll provide printable writing prompts for kids that will be adapted for different ages (one with blank writing lines and one that’s fill-in-the-blank style). Encourage kids to complete the writing activity and then color in the pictures on the writing prompt to send to their friend!
You’ll be able to find all of the writing prompts here as the summer goes on (we’ll post a new one each week).
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