18 Fun and Engaging Handwriting Activities for Kids

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Occupational Therapists

Suggested by teachers and occupational therapists, these fine motor handwriting activities work to improve pencil grasp, letter formation, and more!

“I’m constantly on the lookout for fun handwriting activities for my 6-year-old. I don’t like to pressure him to practice writing but I do think it’s important that he work on his skills. He sees an occupational therapist to help him with fine motor skills, so I want to reinforce that at home. My son has a strong-willed personality and there is no point in trying to force him to do something he doesn’t want to do. This calls for sneaky tactics because if anything smacks of handwriting ‘practice’, my 6-year-old balks. He does not like anything he considers ‘work.’ (I know, aren’t you jealous?)

My oldest and youngest could no be more opposite. My older son was eagerly writing at age 4. Remember this categorization activity he made up himself? He used to write the state names for fun! Well, the tables are turned on me now!

Whether or not you have a child that also hates handwriting practice, I hope the following ideas are helpful for you. I’ve gathered some suggestions from his occupational therapist and teachers, as well as some other fun ideas from around the web (many of them also from OTs).

If you have any handwriting activities for kids that have worked for you, by all means share them in the comments! I can use all the assistance I can get.

Activities his occupational therapist and teacher have suggested:

  • Write “bathroom words”. Seriously. I am not above letting my son write the word “fart” 10 times, if it means he is writing.
    When he wants me to remember something, I ask him to write me a note so I don’t forget.
    I leave him secret messages that he has to decode.
    I encourage him to do activities that relate to his interests. For example, he can make his own Pokemon cards.
    According to his teacher, drawing is also good (if he is willing; remember, he “hates art”). The main purpose being to get him to pick up a writing implement. I had great success making a giant comic strip with him.

Other fun handwriting activities we’ve done:

Ideas from Occupational Therapists around the web:

Take a look.

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