Looking for handwriting tips, handwriting strategies, tools for addressing handwriting needs, or how to address handwriting issues? This is the space to use fun ways to improve handwriting in new writers and children who are not yet writing AND kids who need to correct handwriting problems. This is your one-stop shop for all handwriting activities and writing tips and tools! 

Handwriting challenges come in so many different forms! From the child who holds their pencil inefficiently, to the student who was never taught the correct letter formation and now struggles with legible written work, to letter reversals, to poor line awareness and spatial awareness…handwriting is complicated! Whether you are an occupational therapist working with clients with handwriting challenges, parents of a child struggling with handwriting, or an educator who is struggling to address poor skills…there is something for you. 


Handwriting activities kids will love to do to work on legibility of writing.

Read on for pencil grasp activities, ideas to help with spacing, letter size, and line awareness. We’ve got cursive resources, and sensory handwriting activities here. Looking for something else? Let me know what kind of handwriting tools you need!

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(Tools Kids NEED for Functional Handwriting)

This is a space where we share tips, tricks, and fun ways to improve handwriting in new writers and children who are not yet writing with a pencil. Scroll down to find the tools you need to address handwriting issues, big and small! 

But first, here is a fantastic tool that explains everything you need to know about handwriting. There are so many skills kids need for handwriting. So many therapists, teachers, and parents have downloaded this resource and added it to their handwriting toolbox. When you enter your email, you’ll receive a series of 6 emails based on the underlying areas that make up handwriting. These emails include topics that really play into legibility of written work, like letter formation, line awareness, spatial awareness, and other areas. The email series is a true resource for anyone who works with kids on handwriting. 

Get the free handwriting printable pack and email series here:


Creative Handwriting Activities

You don’t always need a pencil to work on handwriting! Working on skills like line use, spacing between letters and words, letter size, and paper orientation can involve fun and creative writing activities…without a pencil! 
Here are some ideas your kids will LOVE: 
Easy handwriting tips and ways to help kids work on legibility in handwriting using 30 quick fixes
If you are looking for easy ways to work on handwriting skills, try our 30 day series.

 Letter Formation Activities in Handwriting

Use these creative movement and hands-on learning activities to work on letter formation, writing on lines, and spacing between words and letters.  Click around to see all of the ideas with Occupational Therapist recommended tips in each post.  Stay tuned, because more activities will be added to this page!
motor activities sorted by category.

Working on pencil control in handwriting? Why not start a handwriting club for kids? Kids can work on handwriting skills in a fun way. Here’s how to start a handwriting club kids will WANT to join!
Letter reversals tips and help for letter reversals in handwriting
Understand what’s happening behind letter reversals and get some tips and tricks, too.

Line Awareness Activities

Writing on the lines can make handwriting go from sloppy to legible. Here you will find resources to help kids write on the lines when copying written work from both a near point and far point such as a the board. 

Pencil Grasp Activities


 Thumb IP joint flexion pencil grasp trick



                                    Toys and Games for Reluctant Writers

 Spacing awareness in handwriting with spatial organization puzzles Easy trick to help kids with letter formation and sloppy handwriting Transfer paper for spacing awareness, letter formation, line awareness, pencil pressure
 Scooping and pouring fine motor and hand dominance with beads
 Sky Ground handwriting method DIY desk letter strip Letter construction for letter formation

Cursive Handwriting Activities

Cursive handwriting ideas and tips from an Occupational Therapist.
Try these ideas for teaching cursive handwriting. These are the best creative cursive activities that we’ve done here on the blog.  Be sure to stop back for more ideas.  Check them out by clicking on the links below for tips and ways to work on letter formation with smooth cursive letter lines, loops, re-tracing, and connectors.

Sensory Processing and Handwriting

sensory handwriting activities for kids to learn how to write letters and numbers
Getting the senses involved in handwriting can be so beneficial to learning the motor plan of letter formation.  Try these sensory ideas for improved handwriting using all of the senses.
 Sensory Processing and Handwriting
Textured Cursive Lines and Cursive Lines Art are creative ways to practice handwriting with tactile sense of touch and different textures. We practiced cursive handwriting, but you could work on printed letter formation, too.


Pressing Too Hard When Writing Proprioception Tips is the perfect post if you are looking for tips on writing with too much (or too little) pencil pressure.

Fizzy Dough Cursive Letters uses the sense of touch with tactile exploratory input with fizzy, sensory letter formation.

Sensory Letter Formation Work on letter formation using dish soap in this tactile and olfactory letter learning and writing activity.

Fidget tips and tools can be used for kids who are constantly fidgeting during writing activities.

Handwriting on Foam Craft Sticks and letters and coffee filters use the auditory sense when writing.  Whisper, tell, yell, rhyme, or sing the letters as your child writes them.

Letter cookies are a tasty way to practice letter formation.  
Pencil Control Worksheets You Can Make At Home uses the sense of sight with bright and high-contrast lines for working on line awareness, pencil control, and motor planning when writing.
Tracing Letters: Letter Formation Handwriting Practice with Chalk uses the proprioceptive and tactile senses to write with chalk on a bumpy and hard sidewalk.  Up the textures by using wet chalk!
High-Contrast Letter Formation is one of my favorites from this blog!  Use a black material (do you know what we used?) on a white surface for high visual contrast with an olfactory power punch!

Handwriting No-Mess Sensory addresses the proprioceptive sense to form letters.

Christmas-Themed Pencil Control Activities-DIY Worksheets for Pencil Control

Tracing Lines with a DIY Light Box Practice handwriting with visual input of a DIY light table.

Tripod Grasp Activities for Kids

Improving Pencil Grasp With Fine Motor Play Activities

Fine Motor Coordination with a Cereal Box (activity to improve tripod grasp)

Gift Guide: Toys to Improve Pencil Grasp

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Line Awareness with Beads (A pre-handwriting activity)

Cursive handwriting ideas and tips from an Occupational Therapist.
Handwriting activities for creative, hands-on learning handwriting for kids.  From an Occupational Therapist

Try these DIY Spacing tool crafts. Kids can make them and feel proud to use them in handwriting:

Pipe Cleaner Spacing Tool

Craft stick and Button Spacing Tool

Clothes Pin Spacing Tool

Space Martian Spacing Tool

3 thoughts on “Handwriting”

  1. am working with my small grandchildren and these are awesome ideas we'll be using soon! <3
    thanks you for sharing

    We dropped ping pong ball (can find ones with eye balls at Halloween @ dollar store) onto egg cartons.. I buy 5 dozen at a time so they have a larger area. They stand on a chair and drop them over the back side. have fun!

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