When handwriting is challenging for a child, getting a pencil in their hand can be a difficult task. There are many ways to practice letters without using a pencil. The motor planning component of handwriting can be reinforced through the following activities.
10 Fun Activities For Practicing Handwriting:
- Pour cornmeal onto a cookie sheet. Then an adult draws a letter in the cornmeal. Have the child trace the letter a couple times. Then the child can draw the letter in the cornmeal themselves. If needed, an adult can guide the child’s hand to make the letter appropriately.
- Buy cheap hair gel and put it in a large Ziploc bag. Lie the bag on a flat surface and the child can use their finger to draw letters.
- Put shaving cream on the bathtub wall and have the child write letters with their finger.
- Use sidewalk chalk or a paint brush with water to make letters outside.
- Use blocks to make large letters on the floor.
- Create letters out of playdoh.
- Use Wikki Sticks or pipe cleaners to make letters.
- Make letters out of a snack food, for example, raisins, cereal or marshmallows.
- Make letters using push pins in a cork board.
- Have the child crumple tissue paper, then glue the tissue paper on to cover the letter.