Preparing your child to Handwrite ideas! What are some of your tips??
some ideas from various places
Fine Motor Activities:
- Scissor Cutting Skills: This article explains the importance of scissor cutting and also the basics of teaching a child how to cut with scissors.
- Scissor Cutting Activities gives ideas to help your child practice cutting with scissors.
- Hand Exercises and Finger Exercises will help your child to develop good control over the pencil for handwriting.
- Kindergarten Hand Exercises are suitable for younger children.
- If you have an older child with poor fine motor skills, try these
Fine Motor Skills Activities for Older Kids.
- Wrist Exercises for Kids may help children who tend to hook their wrists, or lift their wrists off the table when drawing or writing.
- Playdough Activities can boost fine motor skills. Try the easy Homemade Playdough Recipe , too.
- Tactile Perception Activities can improve fine motor skills by helping little hands have a better sense of what they are holding and how firmly to hold it.
- Shoulder Exercises especially designed for kids can strengthen the larger muscles of the shoulder so the smaller hand muscles can work more effectively.
The chances are that your child is bright and understands exactly what the teacher wants; it is just that putting it down on paper is really hard.
So if your child needs to practice handwriting at home, or you are homeschooling, give the opportunity to experience success with these fun and easy activities to reinforce letter formations, number formations and patterns without using a pencil and paper.
All of the activities shown in the gallery below are great for practicing number and letter formations as well as handwriting patterns and general shape drawing.
|Most kids love the chance to write on a blackboard. Draw the patterns for your child to trace over with different colors of chalk for extra practice (I call this rainbow patterns). Hint: fat "sidewalk chalk" is best for kids with poor fine motor skills.|
|Graffiti appeals to most kids! Using fat sidewalk chalk on a vibracrete wall (or a sidewalk) works well. Write the number for them to trace over; or they can try it on their own as a reward for practicing the formations indoors first.|
|Of course, getting to play with water on a warm day while scrubbing the wall, just adds to the appeal!|
|Outdoor activities are always more fun than indoors, and practicing numbers and patterns in the sand hardly seems like work! To keep him focused, draw a "page" in which he should draw his numbers.|
|Mirror, mirror on the wall...Use a whiteboard marker to draw on a mirror. (It usually wipes off easily with a DRY cloth, but test your mirror first). A whiteboard marker is fatter than a pencil and easier to control, and working on a vertical surface develops wrist stability.|
|Ok, this one is really messy, but loads of fun. Stick your child in a bath or shower cubicle with a handful of shaving cream to smear and write in. Caution: shaving cream can irritate sensitive skins, so use the sensitive skin variants, and don't let your child get it all over his body. You may prefer to let him keep his clothes on.|
|Let him try using his whole hand to form the number, instead of just his finger. This may be easier if he struggles to point his index finger, and also makes for a god tactile experience.|