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.

5 thoughts on “5 Activity Ideas For Improving Handwriting Neatness

  1. Trinity says:

    I like the idea of using the animals to help teach writing. Is this a commercial resource already available to buy or an idea you developed yourself and use at your clinic?


    • synchronyot says:

      Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately this is not a commercially available resource and we have made a handout that we use at the clinic. This is a concept that a number of OTs use which I first heard about when studying at the University of Queensland. I’m happy to send you a copy of our handout if you would like?


  2. Trinity says:

    Yes please, is it possible to email a copy? Also, do you have a contact at UQ who might be able to tell me more about the copyright use/ownership of the concept (if any)? I think it is such a great idea. Wish more teachers would use it! Thanks for your quick reply 😊


  3. Margaret says:

    I really love the language you use regarding handwriting! I would also like to receive a copy of your handout for me to print.
    Thank you


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