Handwriting is a beautiful way of presenting one’s view; it should be such that it is easily understandable and appreciable to the reader. Even for youngsters, this ability is important to present their answers in exams or tests in an appropriate way.
Stepping out of regular practices and getting indulged in something interesting can diversify the platform to practice handwriting and improve better motor skills. Consider the below-listed activities along with resources like apps, games, and worksheets to make handwriting entertaining.
Importance of good handwriting
Good handwriting is pleasant to the eyes and feels satisfying for the reader, accordingly, it can be perceived as one of the effective communication skills. Writing puts the thoughts in a simple and raw format where the reader can sense the aura behind them. Coming out of these insights, here are a few other benefits of Good handwriting:
- It becomes a more holistic activity when you engage the body to write by hand.
- Learning to write the alphabet by interacting with each letter helps students imprint and retain the letters and the letter sounds for easier recall when learning to read.
- Handwriting helps us slow down and engage completely with our thoughts. Writing by hand gives you time to think before penning down your ideas or story.
- A piece of handwriting can reflect multiple attributes of a person’s personality. Not only the appearance but an impactful statement can make a difference in the readers.
- Ideally, good handwriting is adorned with gentle flow and rhythm. Good handwriting can be equally soothing and serene for the writer.
Some activities to improve your handwriting skills
1. Color Pencils Fun
For a good piece of handwriting, the writer should have a good grip on the pencil and also the right proportions of the letters they are writing up. This activity addresses both these areas with an added engagement. To start, all the student needs to have colored pencils and a sheet of paper. The color pencils are to make it visually attractive, they can otherwise use any other pen or pencil.
- The teacher draws a small circle (say with a radius of 6 mm) and a few other shapes like a slanting vowel and a straight line on the paper. These are the basic strokes for a good writing
- The child looks at the shapes for some time and tries to trace them with different colored pencils one after another.
- Now, the learner is encouraged to write these shapes below with different colors. An iteration of 12 times each with one color is suggested.
- Once this activity is completed, the teacher evaluates and gives feedback to each student.
This activity addresses the fundamentals of good writing by letting the learners learn basic curves and strokes.
2. Chalkboard Writing
This activity is important for the kid to write on a vertical surface like a whiteboard. Things you’ll need to perform the activity are board and chalk.
- On one side of the board, the teacher draws a few parallel lines to make it look like tiled notebook paper.
- A child is called upon, and the instructor dictates lines which the little need to write neatly in between these lines
- Now, the instructor draws smaller lines (with lesser space) on the other side of the board.
- The little ones write the same lines in smaller sizes to fit in the new lines.
This process can be repeated any number of times by reducing the size further. Also, it can also be practiced in a notebook too. The edge of this activity is that the child learns to write the alphabet in a disciplined and organized manner even in smaller spades.
3. DIY Cardboard Clipboard
Materials Required for doing this activity are Cardboard, Needle, a pencil, and Paper Clips.
- To start, the teacher procures a plain sheet of cardboard and with a needle strikes some letters, or words on it. This way, the cardboard has dents with letters on it.
- Now, the student receives the board, takes paper and paper clips, and attaches them to the cardboard. This way, they can write on the paper.
- The learner traces the words on the cardboard to the paper by aligning their pencil with the dents.
- Once this process is completed, they can remove the paper and write the same letter without tracing.
This activity is simple to do, where students can get a DIY platform to trace and learn multiple words and letters. This can be employed for all ages varying the complexity of the test.
4. Cursive Writing on Different Sheets
For this activity, you need some pencils, a cursive worksheet, a ruled notebook & plain sheet.
- Make a group of five learners and make them ready for the activity with all entities needed.
- Ask them to use the cursive writing workbook for writing.
- Once they have written in the worksheet, ask them to write the same sentences or words in their normal notebook.
- Now notice the strokes where the children cannot draw the letters properly on the ruled paper.
- Help them out to write the same letters correctly. Once you feel that the children are writing the strokes correctly, shift their writing practice to plain paper.
- Ask them to write the same material on a plain white sheet. Watch out if they are writing the words or sentences correctly in a linear alignment. Help them to write linearly by drawing lines on a plain sheet.
This activity will help students practice letters and words and write linearly without bumping into other lines.
5. Slanting Hands
Keeping the book and hand at a certain angle can make the writer comfortable. This activity lets the students determine their most comfortable position of writing. All the student needs for the activity is a notebook and pencil.
- To start with, the teacher writes a sentence or a few lines on the board
- They determine a few angles and healthy postures for children to write
- Now, the students are and sit on the floor with a notebook on their laps.
- First, they are made to sit with a lap parallel to the floor. And they write the lines on the board in the notebook.
- Later, they are asked to list their laps to make an angle with the floor and rewrite the sentence, Similarly, all the other postures are implemented
- Now, the instructor evaluates each iteration to determine the best position for the child. With these guidelines, the learner can here find the best angle for writing.
Even though the children can use adaptive tools like angular writers, this activity determines what angle is appropriate for the little one.
6. Feedback Time
Students can have multiple opinions about their teachers, peers, and parents. Letting them put these on paper not only makes an appreciable activity but can also increase the bonds between them.
- To start with, the teacher creates a bunch of paper strips
- Each student is given a strip of paper and a colored pen
- Now, they need to write a line about one of their peers along with their names. This can be a thank you message, an opinion, and just an extended hand for friendship.
- These strips are submitted to the teacher.
- The instructor opens each strip reads it out and then evaluates it based on the handwriting and vocabulary used.
This activity can be a simple icebreaker or after-school activity to make sure to expose students to newer horizons of handwriting practice.
7. Write The Big
Not only writing on paper but writing big letters can make the children better understand the curves and details of each letter while writing. We will focus on the same in this activity. The student needs paint, a brush, and a piece of cardboard.
- To start, each student gets one cardboard and hangs them on the wall in a row.
- The teacher gives them a list of quotes, which each student can select from.
- The learner writes the quote they got with paint on the cardboard.
- Teachers can help the student to make curves better and teach newer techniques
Once the activity is complete, the teacher evaluates all the boards and announces the best three of them. This activity lets the students do big with letters and also learn how to make letters for banners and projects later.
8. Carving Fun
This activity gives out an engaging way of communication for students. Students need a chalk piece and a used pen.
- To start with, students decide whom they will give the chalk piece to and then decide the word to write on it. For instance, they can choose to write “Friends Forever” to give it to a friend.
- They start writing the words on the chalk piece and adorn it better with better grooves and shapes of letters.
- Once the writing is done, the teacher calls the students one by one. Each student should hold that chalk piece, write the same word on the board and explain “Why” and “To Whom” of it.
- Later the teacher evaluates all chalk pieces and gives feedback to the students to improve.
Writing on a chalk piece gives a fresh feel to the writing activity. Also, the students can bring about their talent to uniquely design them by changing fonts and decorating them too.
Handwriting is undoubtedly an important trait that should be learned as youngsters. Practices from lectures, exams, and homework are evidently helpful. But to polish up this ability with better presentation skills, the role of activities may be inevitable. To learn and engage the little learners better, check out the above handwriting activities that can also be a good pastime to ensure upskilling. See if any of these can opt for your little ones even with minor changes.