- Building hand muscles: An important step in improving handwriting and reducing fatigue, particularly in younger students is to strengthen the muscles used in handwriting. If you have access to an OT, they are full of wonderful tips to help develop the writing muscles.
- Using tongs or tweezers to pinch and pick up small objects is a great way to hone the writing muscles. This could be a homemade pompom game or a commercial game such as Sneaky Snacky Squirrel or Operation.
- Using Play-Doh or clay is a popular activity in preschools because it is so good for developing hand muscles. Rolling balls, making snakes, squishing the Play-Doh flat are all stretching and building stamina in the hand muscles. Making letters out of the Play-Doh even allows the reinforcement of letters and sounds.
- Clothespins are a great strength builder. They are typically more difficult to squeeze than tongs, but have a billion and one purposes. From hanging clothes on the line or keeping a bag of chips closed to clip cards or silly games, there are no shortage of ways to build this into your day or lesson. Clipping clothespins to the back of someone’s shirt without them noticing is a delightfully rascally activity. The more clothespins they wear, the harder it is for children or adults to keep from giggling. A basket of clothespins and a timer is all you really need for a minute-to-win-it type challenge. How many clothespins can your student clip onto poster board in 30 seconds or a minute.
2. Practicing Handwriting without Writing: Since handwriting is made up of lines and curves and different kinds of pencil strokes and reliant on fine motor skills and the eyes and hands working in concert, there are some fun and sneaky ways to improve these skills in even the most reluctant handwriting student.
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