50 Fabulously fun ways for kids to practice their handwriting

50 Fabulously fun ways for kids to practice their handwriting

Think handwriting practice consists of kids writing C-A-T on oversized stationery lines again and again? Think again!

From cake decorating to scratch-n-sniff kool-aid words to feather quills to invisible ink, there are oodles of ways to make handwriting a treat for kids.

Here are 50 fun ways kids can practice their printing and cursive handwriting skills.

  1. With frosting in a pastry bag onto a cake or cookies
  2. With broken crayons or golf pencils (the short size helps them use the proper grasp)
  3. With fingers in coffee grounds on a cookie sheet
  4. With a stick in the sand
  5. With a stick in the snow
  6. With a paintbrush and water on a cardboard box
  7. With wet and dry chalk on a chalkboard
  8. With fingers onto a dirty car before washing it
  9. With a gloved hand onto a dusty surface before dusting it
  10. With dry-erase pens on ruled paper framed in a picture frame (wipe off and write words and sentences again and again)
  11. With calligraphy pens
  12. With fingers on tempera paint sealed in a baggie
  13. With cooked spaghetti to form letters
  14. With yarn and glue to spell out words on a piece of cardboard
  15. With paint and a paintbrush
  16. With a Q-tip on paint spread on tin foil (smooth the paint with a wide brush to start over)
  17. On a painting app
  18. With a squirt gun on the driveway
  19. With chalk on a chalkboard paint-covered door or piece of furniture
  20. With the end of a paintbrush on a frosty window
  21. With bathtub paint and a paintbrush on the bathtub wall
  22. With a squirt bottle filled with colored water onto a snowbank
  23. With Wiki Stix
  24. With a finger or paintbrush in shaving cream
  25. With paint pens on smooth rocks to make mix-and-match words
  26. With playdough “snakes”
  27. With quill feathers dipped in ink or liquid watercolor paint
  28. With paintbrush and mud on the sidewalk
  29. With markers on a paper-covered door
  30. With chocolate syrup onto ice cream
  31. With kool-aid powder mixed with just a bit of water to make scratch-n-sniff words
  32. With mashed potatoes piped out of a pastry bag at supper time
  33. With crayons onto heated tiles (warm them in the microwave until they’re hot and caution children not to burn themselves)
  34. With a gloved finger on a snow-covered car
  35. With markers on snow packed into cake pans and brought inside
  36. With the end of a paintbrush into styrofoam (then make paint prints of the carved words afterwards)
  37. With blo-pens
  38. With ketchup onto a plate at lunch time
  39. With pipe cleaners
  40. With washable markers on a plain t-shirt or nightgown (just wash to start over)
  41. With fingers on a flour-dusted tray
  42. With glue bottles (cover the glue words with glitter after forming)
  43. With washable window markers on the car window
  44. With fabric paint onto old t-shirts
  45. With dry-erase markers on fun papers put into sheet protectors
  46. With a magna-doodle
  47. With a ballpoint pen into bars of soap (we save hotel soap for carving fun)
  48. With icicles onto construction paper
  49. With paint pens onto wood shapes for ornaments
  50. With lemon juice for invisible ink (warm the paper over a toaster or light bulb to make the words show up afterwards)

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making handwriting fun.

Also stock up on fun writing tools, tiny notebooks, fancy pens and lots of kinds of papers and surfaces to keep it interesting.

Lastly, keep in mind that even without the forced writing, kids will learn to write well by the time they grow up — especially if you stock the house with fun writing supplies.  Case in point, our oldest child’s doodles from last year…

Have fun!

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