We are so excited to introduce our summer series of writing prompts for kids called: The Pen Pal Project! As pediatric therapists, we know how important it is to help kids keep up with skills over the summer. As moms, we understand that actually getting kids to practice anything over the summer can be a hair-pulling, teeth-gritting experience.
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).
We will also be including quick tips for working on strengthening those hands, improving grasping skills, and more!
Does your child need a Pen Pal? We would like to help with that too! If you want us to match your child with a pen pal of a similar age, here’s what to do:
-Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject Pen Pal Project.
-Include your child’s first name and age.
*We understand that sharing private information like names and addresses can be touchy for some people. We will be sharing your email address with another participant so that you can exchange mailing addresses on your own. If this isn’t something you want to do – don’t worry! The Pen Pal Project is still for you! Simply find a grandparent, cousin, or friend who is willing to participate and set up your own Pen Pal Project!
So, let’s get this Pen Pal Project started with our first printable writing prompt! This month’s prompt is:
My favorite memory from this school year was…
If you have an older child who is ready to write on her own, simply print the
Week 1 Writing Prompt Handwriting Page.
If you have a younger child who still needs help with writing or isn’t ready to write a long letter yet, print the
Week 1 Fill in the Blank Page.
Help your child complete her letter and set her loose to color the pictures on the page to decorate her letter – and it’s ready to send!
Stay tuned for the rest of the Pen Pal Project series and a whole summer’s worth of printable writing prompts for kids!
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This is such a fantastic idea! I have fond memories of having a pen pal when I was a child. I am so excited to do this with my son! I just emailed you to get set up with a pen pal. Thank you so much!
My daughter had a penpal for awhile but she stopped writing. It is a great way to get kids practicing writing – who doesn’t like to get mail?!