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help-handwritingMany children struggle with handwriting and completing worksheets.  They may experience hand weakness and poor endurance.  If this sounds like your child, you may need to get creative when it comes to getting your child to put on paper what is in his mind.

Here are a variety of strategies that can be changed daily to keep things fresh.

  • Play with [easyazon-link asin=”B00000IWIT” locale=”us”]play-doh[/easyazon-link] to increase fine motor skills and hand strength.  Adapted from [easyazon-link asin=”1891627074″ locale=”us”]Handwriting Without Tears[/easyazon-link], have your child create letter shapes inside a [easyazon-link asin=”B0042SQWT4″ locale=”us”]small chalk board[/easyazon-link].  This will not only provide the needed hand work, but will also help your child to understand how to construct letters.
  • Write on the [easyazon-link asin=”B0042SQWT4″ locale=”us”]small chalk board[/easyazon-link] with small pieces of chalk.  First, you write the letter while your child watches the formation.  Then, have your child use a tiny wet sponge to trace (erase) the letter. When it dries, he can use the small piece of chalk to write over the letter smudge.
  • Move onto the [easyazon-link asin=”B003ZL3AO4″ locale=”us”]chalk board[/easyazon-link] on the wall (if you have one).  Writing on the wall board strengthens the muscles in the wrist and hand.  You write the letter or word and have your child copy it below yours.  Use small pieces of chalk as recommended by OT’s. If you do not have a chalk board on the wall, try [easyazon-link asin=”B000WZI97Y” locale=”us”]painting at an easel[/easyazon-link], because it will have the same impact as writing with chalk on the wall chalk board.
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B001W2WKS0″ locale=”us”]LeapFrog Scribble and Write[/easyazon-link] is a great product that helps with letter formation. The writing utensil is the perfect size and has a gripper. [easyazon-link asin=”B001W2WKS0″ locale=”us”]LeapFrog Scribble and Write[/easyazon-link] works on shapes, capital and lowercase letters.
  • Use [easyazon-link asin=”B002KAOTVE” locale=”us”]clothes pins[/easyazon-link] as an abacus for math or any other fun game you can come up with.  The pinching will strengthen your child’s fingers and improve upon his fine motor skills.
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B001UZ33PI” locale=”us”]Farm Sticks[/easyazon-link] are fun and zany 9 inch tongs that are shaped like animals with long legs and can pick up (‘eat’) anything from pom-poms to cheerios! Perfect for working on fine motor coordination, hand strengthening, and pre-scissors skills.
  • Add [easyazon-link asin=”B001R8PCM0″ locale=”us”]pencil grips[/easyazon-link] to your child’s pencils.  You may want to consider using [easyazon-link asin=”B001UZ353S” locale=”us”]pencil weights[/easyazon-link] as well.

We hope you have found one or more ideas that you will try with your child!

 

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