Handwriting and letter formation become integrated faster and with more ease when practiced in a multi-sensory fashion. Hands on learning greatly improves the ability to recall and learn proper letter formation.
There are so many different ways to practice writing letters and numbers, but I have a few favorites that I am always using at the clinic:
- Shaving Cream: Slather shaving cream on a desk surface and write with fingers.
- Sensory Bins: In a shallow baking dish or tray, fill it with beans, glitter, jewels, or salt and write with fingers.
- Play-do letters: Print out your favorite letter cards, and roll out the play-do to place onto the letters.
- Using wikki-stix to form letters. (This is great for bilateral coordination!)
- With Glue: When gluing crafts together, rather than slathering on glue all over the back, write letters and have the student trace it with a glue stick or liquid glue.
6. With Sticks in sand
7. With Dominoes. (Check out these printable domino letter templates)
8. Writing with a toothpick in putty or play-do
9. Tracing in the air
10. Using a finger to write letters on sand paper.