Creative Writing Practice

This blog post on creative writing practice was originally written December 16, 2016 and was updated February 26, 2024.

Today, we’ve got creative writing practice activities for supporting handwriting needs, both as fun ways to teach handwriting components, but also a multisensory learning tool for establishing a motor plan for handwriting. The automaticity that comes with writing speed is essential for written work, and using creative writing ideas with kids is key!

Creative writing practice

Creative writing Practice

I’ve pulled out a few of these motivating handwriting activities with my own kids! Here are more irresistibly creative ways to encourage handwriting in seriously fun ways.

I love to share creative handwriting activities.  My own kids have varying levels of love when it comes to writing.  Currently, my four year old is writing down everything she can think of.  She’s still practicing letter formation but is often heard calling from the other room, “how do you spell…?” that she simply must write at that moment.  My older kids write when they have to, sometimes a little more legibly than other times.

Read also these strategies for name practice for kindergarten to support underlying skills needed for handwriting at the beginning level. The creative writing ideas you find below are great for fun writing practice for kindergarten and all grades!

My own kids love to do all of the activities that I’ve shared for handwriting help, because honestly, the tips and tricks that I’ve shared here are geared more toward the underlying skills needed for handwriting instead of just plain old ways to practice handwriting.  Improve those underlying skills in ways that can’t be beat!


Kids who hate to write will love these irresistible handwriting ideas that are fun and involve all of the senses!

 Creative writing practice can look like sensory handwriting! Using a variety of writing tools and sensory mediums support formation skills.

Handwriting Activities for Kids Who Hate to Write


I wanted to come up with a collection of unbeatable handwriting activities for kids who hate to write because let’s face it; Kids will complain and resist handwriting practice when they really just hate to practice written work!

Try these activities that I’ve found makes kids see the fun over the challenge to practice handwriting:

Try a few Writing Tray Ideas 

Using a sensory writing tray to target skills like letter formation, letter reversals, and letter recognition can help with carryover of handwriting in functional writing tasks. Here are some of our favorite creative writing tray ideas…

The great thing about using sensory trays in handwriting practice is that they really encourage sensory handwriting experiences.  For more sensory handwriting experiences, try these creative writing activities below.

Irresistible handwriting activities that kids will love including sensory handwriting ideas, creative letter formation activities, and gross motor letter writing ideas.  Kids who hate to write will love these ideas!


What are your favorite ways to make handwriting less of a chore and more of an irresistible handwriting activity?

Sensory Handwriting Activities for Kids

Turn handwriting from being a chore to being fun with other sensory based writing activities. Adding a few creative writing practice ideas like the ones listed below can make kids smile when working on handwriting skills.

Creative Writing practice with Tracing

One tool in your handwriting toolbox is creative tracing strategies. Typically, we see tracing letter formation worksheets, or young kids tracing letters over and over again. However, there is more to tracing than just writing over the letter. Use these creative tracing activities to support the motor plan to form letters.

Practice letter formation by tracing over letters with these creative ideas:

Gross motor handwriting activities

Gross Motor Handwriting Activities

Another tool in your writing toolbox is using whole body movements and gross motor coordination skills. Many gross motor skills play a role in handwriting, including writing posture. One of our favorite ideas is a ribbon wand like we used in our gross motor cursive writing activity.

Try these gross motor handwriting ideas:

  • Draw letters and words on a driveway
  • Make body letters. In The OT Toolbox membership, you’ll find alphabet exercise cards.
  • Use a roll of masking tape or painters tape to create large letters on the wall or floor. Drive cars along the tape. If using this activity on the floor, place objects like craft pom poms on the tape letters.
  • Use our Alphabet exercises.
  • Walk toe-to-toe over the letters
  • Write with big arm motions
  • Write letters with a ribbon stick

Handwriting Ideas from OT and PT

In The Handwriting Book, you’ll find creative writing strategies based on development and the underlying skills needed in functional writing. A group of pediatric occupational therapists and physical therapists address handwriting tips, strategies, and tools that are used in occupational therapy to work on handwriting needs.

The Handwriting Book is a comprehensive resource created by experienced pediatric OTs and PTs.

The Handwriting Book covers everything you need to know about handwriting, guided by development and focused on function. This digital resource is is the ultimate resource for tips, strategies, suggestions, and information to support handwriting development in kids.

The Handwriting Book breaks down the functional skill of handwriting into developmental areas. These include developmental progression of pre-writing strokes, fine motor skills, gross motor development, sensory considerations, and visual perceptual skills. Each section includes strategies and tips to improve these underlying areas.

  • Strategies to address letter and number formation and reversals
  • Ideas for combining handwriting and play
  • Activities to practice handwriting skills at home
  • Tips and strategies for the reluctant writer
  • Tips to improve pencil grip
  • Tips for sizing, spacing, and alignment with overall improved legibility

Click here to grab your copy of The Handwriting Book today.

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

Creative writing practice