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Cursive Activity Beads



Coming up with creative activities that can help kids learn to identify and write cursive letters can be fun. This cursive activity uses beads as a tool for forming letters, copying cursive letters, and learning to identify cursive letters. The best thing about these cursive activity beads is that they can be used in a variety of ways to help kids learn and carryover cursive writing skills.


You can read more about cursive letter families below as well as more cursive writing strategies and tools here and in the How to Teach Cursive Writing series that we have on The OT Toolbox this month.

You can find all of the tips and strategies for teaching cursive handwriting under the cursive writing tab up above.


Use these cursive activity beads to help kids learn cursive letters, learn to write cursive letters, practice cursive formation and cursive letter identification, and carryover of cursive handwriting skills.

Cursive Activity Beads

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You'll need just a few materials to make your own set of cursive activity beads:


Use these cursive activity beads to help kids learn cursive letters, learn to write cursive letters, practice cursive formation and cursive letter identification, and carryover of cursive handwriting skills.

It's very easy to create these beads for using in cursive writing activities. Simply use the permanent marker and write letters on the sides of the beads. The flat side of the wooden beads makes it easy to write a small cursive letter. The surface "holds" the permanent marker's ink nicely so it doesn't smear. 

We wrote the cursive letters on the beads according to cursive families. This way, cursive letters of the same cursive letter family were on the same bead. It's a fun way to help kids learn parts of cursive letters and cursive letter families...to in the end help with carryover of cursive skills. 

Use these cursive activity beads to help kids learn cursive letters, learn to write cursive letters, practice cursive formation and cursive letter identification, and carryover of cursive handwriting skills.

Cursive Letter Identification Activities


Use the cursive activity beads to help kids learn and practice cursive letters in many ways:

Use tweezers to pick up and identify cursive letters.
Play with the beads in a sensory bin.
Thread the beads onto feathers to sort by cursive letter family or to spell words. 
Add beads to a pipe cleaner.
Match cursive letter families by threading all of the beads with the same cursive letter family on the same pipe cleaner. 
Add them to a letter sensory bottle and ask students to scan for each letter of the alphabet.
Press them into play dough and then find them again.
Thread the beads onto dry spaghetti noodles to sort by cursive letter family or to spell words. 
Spell sight words or spelling words by threading the beads on a string.
Spell sight words or spelling words by pressing the beads into play dough.
Add them to slime.
Press them into moldable eraser material


Use these cursive activity beads to help kids learn cursive letters, learn to write cursive letters, practice cursive formation and cursive letter identification, and carryover of cursive handwriting skills.


Here are more letter identification activities that can be used to work on cursive letter identification:







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