Handwriting practice may cause conflict in your household, especially after a full day of school. There are various techniques to incorporate handwriting into fun activities. One of these strategies is by using the board game, “Guess Who.”
Set up the game as you normally would to play without handwriting practice.
Prepare paper and pencils for both players.
Instead of verbally asking the questions to identify your opponent’s character, write down the questions and answers.
This creative strategy will be a fun way to have your child work on his/her handwriting skills, and can be fun for the whole family too!
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Working on handwriting at home can feel like a lose-lose battle for parents and children alike. It can be a challenging and/or least preferred activity for children, which makes it hard for parents to want to implement and follow through with. While handwriting is certainly an activity which your child’s occupational therapist or academic specialist can help with, it is extremely important to expose your child to handwriting consistently at home on a daily or weekly basis.
Below are different creative writing ideas to get your child practicing his handwriting with less hesitation!
Write the family grocery list
Copy a recipe onto a recipe card
Create a bucket list of activities or places to go
Make a birthday list (e.g. places to have next birthday party; themes for party)
Write upcoming events onto the family calendar
Write out personal goals for the upcoming school year (e.g. to be part of a school play; to join a new sports team; to get straight A’s)
Keep track of what you ate each day or plan meals for the next day
Help create a to-do list (e.g. chores; long-term homework assignments)
Keep track of a topic of interest (e.g. bird watching)
Write a book report on your favorite book
Make a comic book with drawings and short phrases
Copy jokes into a booklet format (e.g. from laffy taffy wrappers or popsicle sticks)
Create a list of potential outfits to wear to school or to pack for an upcoming vacation
Write out cards to send to family/friends
Paraphrase the rules to a favorite board game or card game
The suggestions above can help your child find a handwriting activity that he does not mind doing. If it is still a struggle, offer him two options for the day (e.g. you can either write my grocery list for me or write out a card for Grandma’s birthday). You can also try setting a timer and let your child know that he needs to write for 10 minutes or come up with at least 3 sentences (or whatever is age appropriate compared to his peers at school). Lastly, for the first few trials, don’t feel like you have to edit or critique your child’s work, rather, just have him try to do his best work and praise him for being creative or trying something new. There will be plenty of opportunities to work on sizing, spacing and spelling after handwriting becomes more of a routine at home.
https://nspt4kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nspt_2-color-logo_noclaims.png00Amanda Mathewshttps://nspt4kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nspt_2-color-logo_noclaims.pngAmanda Mathews2012-09-11 11:00:582014-04-26 17:45:41Creative Ways to Help your Child Work on Handwriting