5 Activity Ideas For Improving Handwriting Neatness

As a paediatric OT, I regularly receive referrals to assist children to develop neat writing.  One of the biggest factors for neat writing is consistent sizing and ability to position the letters accurately in the lines.

At Synchrony OT we have found it useful to refer to Australian animal categories to assist children to learn where the letters should be placed in the lines:

  • Wombat Letters: (a c e i m n o r s u v w x z) These letters stay inside the blue lines.
  • Possum Letters: (g j p q y) These letters have bodies that stay in the blue lines and long tails down to the bottom red line.
  • Emu Letters: (b d f h k l t) These letters have bodies that stay in the blue lines and tall necks that go up to the top red line.

5 simple strategies to use at home: 

  1. Sort Lego letters into the 3 animal groups
  2. Throw bean bags into hoops to categorise letters
  3. Place cut out letters onto lined templates
  4. Make Playdough letters and position them onto lined templates
  5. Practice copying into the lines- imagine the lines are like electric fences and give your child points if they stay inside- make it a challenge and see if they can earn points towards a prize.

-Kate Kleinau, Occupational Therapistkate headshot

Please feel free to ask questions or give me your feedback.  I am always more than happy to answer any emails personally.

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