Butterfly Handwriting Activities

Today, I have another free slide deck activity that is great for Springtime, or anytime of year! These butterfly handwriting activities can help to foster handwriting practice with a butterfly theme. Or, use this free therapy slide deck to facilitate a therapy session while working on letter formation, copying skills, spatial awareness, and size awareness. Want to add this handwriting activity to your therapy toolbox? Let’s break down the butterfly themed activities in this virtual therapy activity. Add this activity to your Spring occupational therapy activities.

Butterfly handwriting activities for kids to work on writing skills with a butterfly theme.

Butterfly handwriting activities

Working on handwriting with kids doesn’t need to be boring. When you help kids work on the visual perceptual skills associated with legible written work, students sometimes do well in the therapy session, but are challenged to carryover written work into their classroom handwriting tasks.

In this slide deck, I’ve created handwriting activities that use a butterfly theme to work on different aspects of handwriting.

In the slide deck, the activities start off with a butterfly maze to challenge visual perceptual skills, spatial awareness, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, and visual tracking.

All of these areas play a part in handwriting.

In the slide deck, students can click the caterpillar images and drag them through the tree maze in order to match the identical caterpillars.

Butterfly Writing Activities

In the next slides in the deck, you’ll see various butterfly writing tasks. There are slides designed to copy longer words and shorter words to challenge copying skills.

Encourage users to break apart parts of the words such as spelling butterfly by the word’s syllables. Kids can then copy each section of the word and work on copying accuracy.

Other butterfly words to copy include:

  • Caterpillar
  • Monach
  • Painted Lady
  • Viceroy
  • Beautiful
  • Cocoon

These words are presented with lined paper for writing the butterfly words, and in a simple copying activity.

To extend this handwriting exercise, you could ask some students to write sentences and others to simply copy the butterfly terms.

Butterfly Writing Task

Included in this therapy slide deck is also a blank slide. Use this as an open-ended activity to work on skills for each individual’s specific needs. Try some of these butterfly writing tasks with this part of the session:

  • Ask students how to spell butterfly.
  • Break the word butterfly apart into smaller words
  • Rearrange the letters in butterfly to spell different words
  • Work on forming the specific letters of the word butterfly (work on letter b reversals and diagonal letters)
  • Work on visual memory to write out the words in a butterfly life cycle.

Draw a Butterfly

The next section of the therapy activities include butterfly drawing activities. Kids can copy the simple and complex forms to copy each butterfly drawing.

This can be a fun way to end a therapy session while working on visual motor skills needed to copy the butterfly forms.

There are so many ways to use this slide deck in therapy sessions!

More butterfly activities

Use the butterfly life cycle heavy work activities in the Heavy Work Cards to work on calming proprioceptive input.

Free butterfly therapy slide deck

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