Download: Tools to help with handwriting

By Amanda Morin

The SpacekidPDF

Bold Line PaperPDF

Shapes and Mazes for TracingPDF

Does your child have messy handwriting? These tools can help kids develop the skills needed for writing by hand (called fine motor skills).

  • If your child doesn’t leave enough space in between words when writing, try the “spacekid.”
  • Bold line paper can help your child practice staying in the lines. Remind your child that smaller letters, like the lowercase c, or the loop of a b, should fit between the bottom and middle lines.
  • Textured line paper can give your child even more support. To make it, print out the bold line paper. Then trace the top and bottom lines on the paper with fabric paint or glue. Once it dries, your child’s pencil will “bump” into the lines during writing.
  • Tracing shapes and maze-like paths can help your child build fine motor skills. Print out these sheets to give your child practice. You can use them over and over if you put the printed pages in plastic page protectors and use a dry-erase marker to trace.

You can also reach out to your child’s school for more ideas on how to help your child with handwriting.

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    About the author

    About the author

    Amanda Morin is the director of thought leadership at Understood and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.” She worked as a classroom teacher and early intervention specialist for more than a decade.

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    Keri Wilmot is an occupational therapist who works with children of varying ages and abilities in all areas of pediatrics.