Form Copying Cards


Visual motor skills are a critical component of writing, reading, and visual perception. Use these Form Copying Cards to track, practice, and assess visual motor skills and deficiencies.

Visual motor skills involve perceiving objects, making sense of them, and translating the information into written form. There are multiple components involved in this complex skill.  Use these Form Copying Cards to measure progress in visual motor skills, while assessing what components of this skill are deficient.

This set of 40 cards includes more than the typical designs found on standardized testing. This is critical to assessment and learning. Students learn by practice in several different ways, rather than memorizing a test.

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Included in this Form Copying Cards pack are 40 different designs for drawing. The forms included in this pack are not your typical circle, triangle, cross, square, wavy line. They are novel designs your students may not have seen before, encouraging true visual motor practice.

How to use these cards:

  • Print in color, cut and laminate cards. Punch a hole in the corner and add to a key ring for handy practice
  • Black and white prints can be made as well, for a different level of contrast
  • Laminate the pages and encourage dry erase markers to copy the designs on the back, or leave room for printed work underneath the designs
  • Work on adding visual memory by having students look at the card, then recreate the drawing
  • Make multiple copies of the cards to create a matching game
  • Watch for signs of visual perceptual difficulties in copying designs
  • Project pages onto a screen encouraging students to come to the board and write large
  • Learners can explore other games they could make using this activity 
  • Turn it into a gross motor task, sensory activity, following directions, or combination of all of these
  • Velcro the back of the cards after laminating and cutting it, to create a matching game
  • Have students write on a slant board, lie prone on the floor with the page in front to build shoulder stability, or supine with the page taped under the table
  • Break down the task to determine which skills are below average

Skills addressed using the Form Copying Cards:

  • Hand strength and dexterity
  • Visual motor skills –combining what is seen visually and what is written motorically.  This takes coordination to be able to translate information from visual input to motor output. Coloring, drawing, counting, cutting, and tracing are some visual motor skills.
  • Visual Perception – scanning, visual memory, visual attention
  • Sequencing – order of written operations
  • Crossing midline
  • Proprioception – pressure on paper, grip on pencil
  • Social/Executive Function – following directions, task completion, orienting to details, neatness, attending to task, and impulse control
  • Pencil grasp
  • Bilateral coordination – remembering to use their “helper hand” to hold the paper while writing.  Using one hand for a dominant hand instead of switching back and forth is encouraged once a child is in grade school or demonstrates a significant strength in one or the other
  • Strength – core strength, shoulder and wrist stability, head control, balance, and hand strength are all needed for upright sitting posture and writing tasks

Often success is achieved after breaking down a task into its components to determine the areas of deficit. Use these form copying cards as a measure of improvement, method of practicing skills, and teaching learning objectives.

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