Handwriting is an important skill to practice. Even in the digital age, kids will need to know how to write with a pen or pencil. As they grow up, they may need to write a thank you note to a friend or grandparent, or fill out a registration form at the DMV or bank.
That said, getting familiar with typing and writing on a tablet will come in handy, too!
The ability to write will help your child express themselves and communicate with the world around them. In addition, learning how to write with a pencil (or on a device) helps develop kids’ fine motor skills.
How to improve handwriting for kids
Here are some ideas on how to make practicing handwriting fun:
1. Play games
Copying letters is tedious, you can keep things light by playing a game.
Classic word games like hangman and anagrams are a great way to get your child thinking and practicing their handwriting with purpose. They’ll look forward to playing, so it won’t feel like work!
2. Take it slowly
Focus on one thing at a time:
- Holding a pencil correctly
- Improving the size of the letters
- Spaces between words
- Forming individual letters
- Making sure the letters all sit on the line
Even if it’s just learning how to hold a pencil correctly, each step of the process is important for kids to master!
3. Encourage erasers
Everyone makes mistakes! Letting your child know it’s okay to make mistakes will help them stay motivated to keep practicing.
Try starting them off using a pencil with an eraser and tell them how well they’re doing if they get frustrated.
4. Think outside the box
Practicing handwriting doesn’t just mean using a pencil and paper. Writing on different surfaces can help kids perfect their letters even quicker.
Try writing on a chalkboard, tracing over other letters with tracing paper, making letters out of play-dough, or even writing in the air with a “magic wand” (they can use their finger or make a popsicle stick wand).
Creativity encourages children to want to write!
Handwriting worksheet for kids
Remember, practice makes perfect, and that takes time!
Print out this free handwriting worksheet so your child can practice writing with their favorite Lingokids characters.
- Click here to print the handwriting worksheet pdf.
- Help your child practice handwriting by tracing over the dotted lines with a pencil.
Handwriting and Lingokids
Interested in learning more about how Lingokids helps support kids’ handwriting development? Download the app and check out the content on our YouTube channels.
How does your child practice handwriting? Let us know by tagging us on social media!