Children work very hard on handwriting skills each day during the school year. Don’t let the summer months slip by without encouraging handwriting practice. Here are some ideas to incorporate handwriting into vacation without bringing out the structured workbooks.
- Play games that include handwriting in the activity, like the board game Scattergories Jr. or have your child complete Mad Libs.
- Alter the rules of board games or card games to include a handwriting component. Have your child write their questions to play Guess Who, or write the new color after using a “Wild” card in Uno.
- Create a fortune teller. Put your child in charge of writing the words for the inside flaps. Here is a link with instructions. There are also templates for math-themed fortune tellers. We like to make ours with sensory activities written in them, such as jumping, catching a heavy ball, etc. Check out our indoor proprioceptive activities post for more ideas.
- Have your child write out a shopping list of his favorite groceries that you will be buying at the store. During the shopping trip, have him cross off the items as you place them in the cart.
- Take a picture of a family activity each week and have your child write about it. Young writers could simply label the picture, while older children could write a journal entry.
- Here are some more ideas from Handwriting Without Tears: http://www.hwtears.com/files/HWT-Summer-Writing.pdf