There are lots of ways you can support
your child at home with handwriting.
The first thing a child needs to do before they pick up a pencil is to build up strength in their hands and develop their gross motor and fine motor skills. Here are some ways you can do that at home...
- Ask your child to squeeze something really hard, and release, then repeat! They could squeeze a small ball, a piece of playdough, a sock stuffed with cotton wool...
- Use pegs and peg some items along a washing line, or peg around a piece of paper/ fabric.
- Use paper clips and clip them along a piece of cardboard.
- Play with playdough and squish it, squeeze it, poke it, pat it, shake it!
- Make HUGE circles with your arms, forwards and backwards (as if you are swimming!)
- Climb a climbing frame or a tree (stay safe please!)
- Tie rubber bands around a piece of fruit, like an orange or an apple!
- Practise making small snips using child safe scissors.
- Thread some beads onto some string.
- Make patterns using a stick, a paintbrush or your finger in mud, soil, a tray of rice, sand or paint!