If you’ve been following our series on how to teach cursive, then you now have a lot of cursive writing techniques and tips under your toolbelt. Today, you’ll find creative cursive practice ideas here on The OT Toolbox. These are fun ways to practice cursive writing so that handwriting time is fun and not boring! Use some of the creative painting activities to work on cursive letters, too.
This post is part of our series on how to teach cursive writing. Check them all out for tips, strategies, and tools for teaching cursive.
One of the posts in this series included creative ways to practice cursive writing using the senses. Today’s ideas are different mediums to write on including various types of paper or other writing surfaces. These are fun ways to practice cursive letter formation.
Creative Cursive Practice Ideas
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Try writing these creative writing ideas for practicing cursive letter formation, re-trace, rhythm, and speed of writing.
Write on recycled newspaper.
Write on graph paper.
Fill a tray with sand. Add a small amount of water and flatten the sand. Students can write with their finger or a stick in the sand.
Write on cardboard.
Write on paper bags.
Write on paper towels. Drip water to watch the marks blend.
Write on wallpaper scraps.
Write on envelopes.
Write on transfer paper.
Write on cardboard tubes.
Write on a plastic tablecloth using permanent markers.
Write on leaves.
Write on tape.
Write in a thin layer of dish soap.
Write on poster board.
Write on recycled floor tiles with a dry erase marker.
Use sandpaper under paper for practice.
Use a writing tray filled with a variety of mediums such as beans, rice, corn, sand, paint, cornmeal etc.
Practice letter formation on a chalkboard using a wet paint brush.
Practice letter formation using a feather on their hand.
Practice letter formation in the finger paints.
Cover the desk with a material such as shaving cream or putting to practice cursive writing.
Use glue to write cursive letters. Create crayon rubbings.
Make textured cursive letters with glue and sprinkle with glitter or colored sand with them dry. Students can touch and feel letters.