Spatial Awareness Handwriting Activities

We’ve shared a lot of creative ways to work on handwriting here. The spatial awareness handwriting activities on this page are ones that will help your child or student write more legibly with space between letters and words.  One of the most effective ways to help students write is to address the spacing issues.  When letters are crammed up against the others or words are squished, legibility suffers.  An easy fix for written work is to have kids space out the words.  Bigger spaces between words and an awareness of letters inside a word can help teachers, classmates, parents, and even the student himself to re-read written information much more easily.

Try these creative ways to work on spacing between letters and words.  Be sure to stop back. More ideas will be added soon!

Spacing awareness in handwriting

Activities to Help with Spacing Between Letters and Words

  Spatial awareness difficulties can stem from several different areas.  The activities in this post are designed to help kids become more aware of visual perception in written work.

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Spatial awareness puzzles for helping kids address visual perception skills needed for spacing between letters and words when writing.Make a spacing tool with this space martian craft, and work on visual tracking, visual perceptual skills, and visual attention in handwriting.use graph paper to help kids work on visual motor integration skills and legibility through improved line awareness, letter formation, size awareness, spatial awareness, and handwriting neatness.Use a visual cue of boxes and starting dots to work on letter formation, line awareness, space awareness, and size awareness of letters when teaching kids to write.
Visual processing checklist for Occupational Therapy, classroom, teachers to help students with handwriting and classroom tasks.
Visual Processing and Handwriting


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Tricks and tips for activities to help with spatial awareness handwriting activities

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