Getting kids to learn to write (or want to practice handwriting skills) can be a tricky task. It’s important to start off younger kids on a positive foot when it comes to handwriting practice. What child wants to trace slant after slant or letter after letter on a worksheet? This sensory pre-handwriting activity is great for younger children who are learning and developing the skills needed for written work. From tracing lines to forming simple forms, a sensory medium can make fine motor work fun.
We used a rice table for this activity. It was VERY easy to set up and an activity that we will be doing again and again. The nice thing about creating sensory modalities with items like dyed rice is that you can save them for a while and re-use them over and over again.
Sensory Pre-Handwriting Activity Rice Table
Use this sensory table to work on many skills:
Click the links below to read more about each sub-skill needed for development of pencil grasp and pre-handwriting skills:
Visual motor integration
Kids can spread the rice around with both hands. Ask them to create symmetrical patterns with their hands and ask that they look at their hands and not the shape that is being made. This activity requires peripheral vision and encourages visual motor integration.
Sensory Pre-Handwriting Activity
To work on pre-writing skills, write lines and shapes on a piece of paper and slide it under the rice. Kids can seek and find the line or you can find the starting point of the form and ask them to create it. Watch the video below for more information on this activity.
Pinch and grip strength pre-handwriting activity
Try these sensory-based activities to work on letter formation, pre-writing handwriting, and play-based writing activities:
Use Writing Trays for Handwriting