Many children have untidy or slow handwriting. Rather than give he child tedious amounts of “practise” which will usually serve to turn them off handwriting, create play opportunities that will

  • Strengthen muscles
  • Develop dexterity
  • Improve isolation of fingers

Unfortunately many children spend endless hours in front of a computer screen or playing a game console, exercising their thumbs!! Then we ask them to come to school and control writing implements and form letters with fingers that have not been used.

No matter what the age of the child, developmentally appropriate play can help develop fine motor skills that will be needed to have success with handwriting.

  • Threading and beading
  • Play dough& plasticine
  • Squeeze balls
  • Lego
  • Allow young children opportunities to do up buttons on clothing
  • Monkey bars
  • Finger painting
  • String games like Cats in the Cradle
  • Pick up sticks
  • Practise doing up shoe laces
  • Finger rhymes – “Two Little Dickie Birds”
  • Jacks
  • Dominoes
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Weight bearing games eg wheel barrows

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