Let’s get writing!
With less stress, and more time, summer is the perfect time to practice handwriting! Working on letter formation is important to improve your child’s overall legibility and speed of writing. For younger children, it is important to work on foundational pre-writing strokes to gain the movements needed to write letters. Like most skills, practice makes perfect, and there are a variety of fun ways to work on handwriting and pre-writing strokes while school is out of session!
Check out this video to hear from one of our occupational therapists on this topic.
Here are a few ways to work on handwriting this summer:
- Write notes to friends or a Pen Pal
- Send postcards to family and friends
- Write Vacation packing lists
- Create Grocery lists and allow your child to be in charge of writing and crossing off items when found
- Play with chalk outside
- Water paint with a paintbrush and water on a variety of surfaces
- Create a scavenger hunt with written clues
- Practice letter formation with tic tac toe and use various letters
- Create comic books or write/illustrate stories
- Zip lock bag filled with paint, shaving cream, gel, etc.
- Multi sensory writing activities (see our related blog post here)
- Fine motor skills
- Visual motor skills
- Executive functioning
- Sequencing and following directions
- Sensory processing skills
- Social skills
Be sure to try different materials, change up the environment (inside, outside, lying on their stomach, writing on a paper taped to the wall), and most importantly, show your child that writing can be fun!
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