I’ve always been puzzled by the reference to the “Three Rs,” also known as Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, considering two of the three don’t even begin with “R!” But, as a kid and now as a parent, I regard those as some of the most important subjects a young child can attempt to master. My kids have the math and reading parts down. Now we’re diving into writing!
With computers, tablets, and touchscreens so prevalent today, I’m guessing our youngsters won’t have as much opportunity to practice the skill of penmanship. As I don’t want them to end up with doctor-like chicken scratch, I’ve compiled a round up of the best handwriting skills tips and activities to go along with a new giveaway we’re sharing with Grown Ups readers.
Begin with pre-writing & fine motor skills
Sneak some handwriting readiness into your child’s day. These activities can help your child develop their writing skills as well as a love of learning.
Activities to Improve Handwriting – Kara from The Joys of Boys describes four simple, yet essential, activities to improve fine motor skills. Practicing these skills builds a foundation for good penmanship.
Items that Help Improve Fine Motor Skills – Jacquie from EDventures with Kids shares tools and toys that helped her kids strengthen their fine motor skills.
Fun Pre-Writing Activities – Early Literacy & Fine Motor Skills Development – These tips from Our Little House in the Country use items found in your craft closet or pantry!
Discover the fun in learning
Introducing letters, colors, or other fun skills can stimulate discovery and help foster a love of the written word. Your child will be eager to learn via these creative activities.
Montessori Inspired Letter B Introduction – This easy-to-create basket of learning activities are brought to you by Mama’s Happy Hive.
Letter I is for Independence & Q-Tip Painting for Preschoolers – Foster creativity and writing skills at the same time with these ideas from My Bright Firefly.
Handwriting Before the Pencil – Elissa from Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station shares fun and learning via a magnetic drawing board you probably already have on hand!
Kangaroo DIY Pencil Holder & The Correct Pencil Grip – Learn pencil grip basics and create a place to store handwriting and art tools in this post by My Bright Firefly.
Fine tune with writing practice
These activities sneak in learning by disguising it in fun! Continued writing practice leads to improved mastery of the art of fine penmanship.
Name Writing Practice – Handwriting Freebie – We love these activities from Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station. Elissa also shares a free, editable handwriting printable!
Handwriting Activities for Mechanics and Endurance – This post from A Mom with a Lesson Plan shares more about the research behind handwriting instruction and gives several creative activity ideas.
Taking it to a new level
Once your child has mastered the basics, move on to mastery of penmanship or the newly “controversial” art of cursive writing.
From Printing to Cursive: Why Learning Fine Motor Skills Matters – Help your child learn cursive writing style with this advice from Alicia at Vibrant Homeschooling.
Fine Penmanship – If your child excels at handwriting, he or she can compete in a national competition!
KBN $500 cash giveaway
The Kid Blogger Network Fall giveaway is open worldwide to readers 18 years of age or older and ends September 25th! One winner will receive $500. The cash prize will be sent directly from the organizers (not Grown Ups Magazine) to the winner’s PayPal account. Please refer to the entry form below for entry instructions and legal conditions.
This sweepstakes has ended. The winner was Carol. Congrats, Carol!
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