These are some easy handwriting exercises that can be done at home. Does your school-aged child have difficulty with line awareness, pencil control, or letter formation? Is your preschooler just learning to control the pencil while making strait lines or shapes?
It is easy to make fun worksheets that apply to your child’s needs/age-appropriate level/skills…and interests!
Use a highlighter to make strait, angled, and curvy lines…or add different twists and turns for your older child to trace along. For a new hand writer, thick lines are appropriate, and the school-aged child can work on very thin lines.
Ask the child to keep the pencil lines inside of the yellow guide. Fun stickers at the end of the lines always help 🙂
Graded Pencil Control Activity
This handwriting activity can be “graded” (adjusted to start out very easy for the child and then changed just slightly to make it more and more challenging). Grading an activity is helpful for the learner because it allows the child to feel success and gain confidence during a task, but also builds success with more difficult levels.
((I love Little Guy’s knight costume sleeve in this picture. He rocks the knight costume at lease once a day haha!))
Draw shapes with the highlighter with progressively thinner lines. This is a great pencil control exercise for shape formation and showing the child how to make sharp corners and curved lines. This is excellent pencil control work.
Pencil Control with Line Awareness
Start with a shape like, our square. Draw a square around it, taking turns with your child, making larger and larger shapes. It’s a lot like doodling you did in your notebooks or while talking on the phone, right?
Taking turns with your little handwriting student helps them to see an accurate shape right next to the lines that they are drawing…with sharp edges and strait lines.
Copying and Spatial Awareness
Big Sister LOVED doing this one. She filled out the whole sheet and had so much fun! She would roll the dice, count the dots, and draw the dots (in the correct arrangement) in the squares on the page.
Counting, Copying, and Drawing with accurate spacing all work on her visual perceptual skills and spatial awareness. These skills are essential for forming letters on lines, placing letters close enough to others in a word, and when copying lists of words.
Make early handwriting fun and your preschooler will have success…and love it!