This spacing tool is an alien craft that kids can make and use as a spacing tool for handwriting. A finger spacer handwriting tool is a powerful device to help kids space between letters and words when writing. We’ve come up with a few different spacing tools in the past, and this space themed spacing tool helps kids better understand the concepts of spatial awareness for better legibility in written work.
Sometimes, a child’s handwriting doesn’t improve given time and practice in the classroom. You might see a child copying words or sentences and squishing all of the words and letters together in a long string. There might be no space or inconsistent spacing between letters and words. It can be frustrating for the child and their parent or teacher.
This spacing tool will help with spacing in handwriting in a fun way. My second grader and I had fun creating this Space Martian Spacing Tool and using it to practice spacing between words.
Spacing Tool for poor spacing in handwriting
This post contains affiliate links. Poor spacing in handwriting can be a visual tracking problem. It could be visual inattention or poor hand eye coordination. Sometimes, spacing is just something that needs more practice and a visual prompt like this space alien can help. Try this easy DIY version using a craft stick to create a spacing tool pointer stick, perfect for visual perceptual needs.
You can easily make this spacing tool with just a few materials:
- One green craft stick
- one googly eye
- sticky back foam letter sticker “C” are all you need. We received all three materials from www.craftprojectideas.com.
- To make the spacing tool, ask students to use glue to add a small dot of glue to the back of the googly eye. What a great fine motor precision and eye-hand coordination job.
2. Next, stick the googly eye onto one end of the green craft stick.
3. Cut the letter C foam sticker in half. Glue each piece to the craft stick above the googly eye.
And that’s it! If you don’t have foam letter stickers, you could use small pieces of pipe cleaners or scraps of paper.
Here’s a video showing how to make this space alien spacing tool:
Use this handwriting spacing tool between letters and words. Encourage your child to move the spacer over between words. Sometimes, just that visual cue is enough to help. The physical act of moving the craft stick to space between words can provide enough input to a child that they become more aware of the need to space, and are able to carryover the skill without using the physical reminder for spacing.
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More Space Activities
- Outer Space Theme Therapy Slide Deck
- Space Activities
- Bilateral Coordination/Math Space Maze
- Galaxy and Outer Space Sensory Activities
- Space Play Dough Mat
- Outer Space Visual Perception Worksheet #1
- Outer Space Visual Perception Worksheet #2
- Outer Space Books
- AND, a new resource has been added to the shop: Outer Space Fine Motor Mini-Kit.
Know a kiddo that loves all things space, astronauts, and planets? The Outer Space Fine Motor Kit is your chance to develop fine motor strength, dexterity, and coordination skills.
Addressing hand strength, endurance, and precision is out of this world fun! The Outer Space Fine Motor Kit includes:
- Fine Motor Mazes
- Fine Motor Ten Frames for motor activities
- 1-20 Star Counting Cards
- Bead Copying Strips
- Space Alien Directed Drawing Sheets
This fine motor kit includes 24 pages of printable resources. Included in this printable pack are:
- Two pages of color coded bead copying strips
- Two pages of blank bead copying strips
- Four pages of “draw and write” directed drawing activities with a space theme (Includes 3 styles of handwriting lines: highlighted lines, single rule, and double rule)
- Nine pages of fine motor mazes
- 1-20 Outer Space Counting Cards
- Four pages of fine motor ten frames activities
These printable activities extend to work on a variety of other functional areas, too: handwriting skills, numbers, math, adding, subtracting, one-to-one correspondence, scissor skills, coloring, and more.
Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.