Who likes penmanship? Watch the hands shoot up when you follow these five ways to make penmanship fun.
Making Penmanship Fun for Kids
Penmanship practice can be tiresome. Boring sentences, repetition, the same old notebook and pencil…it’s easy for penmanship practice to become the dullest subject. How do you enliven penmanship practice while still building all-important fine motor skills? We’ve got a list of five ways you can spice up your penmanship game.
1. Use Fun Writing Utensils
Who says you have to use Dixon Ticonderoga pencils? A silly or colorful writing utensil can make penmanship practice a joy. Keep the special pens and pencils for penmanship practice only (that way you make it special).
Pencils That Smile Back
These scented pencils with smiling tropical fruit pencil toppers are a full multi-sensory experience.
Colorful Pencil Grips
Put a squishy pencil grip on a plain old pencil to make penmanship practice more comfortable and more fun.
These silly pencils have a puff of feathers on top. Your student will chuckle his way through penmanship practice.
Felt Tip Pens
Felt tip pens glide over the paper, so they are a joy to use. This set has an array of colors. Pick a new one each day!
My son can’t get enough of these pens. They are colorful, slide smoothly over paper, and they erase with the magic of friction (no eraser dust!). Frixion pens are a wonder of science and super fun to use.
2. Change Up Locations
Did you know that our brains can associate negative emotions with a particular place? If penmanship practice is a bore, don’t stay in the same old location.
Work on penmanship at a table instead of a desk. Try penmanship on the floor (yes, it’s okay!). Use a lap desk and take penmanship practice outside. By changing locations you give penmanship practice a chance to make a better impression.
3. Write About Fun Topics
Nonsense sentences that focus on specific letters are effective but dull: “Bob bought big bagels.” Big deal. Make penmanship practice fun by writing sentences that are interesting. Try growth mindset quotations or fun facts in print or cursive. “Some penguins weigh 80 pounds,” is not just penmanship practice, it’s a conversation starter!
4. Write Letters
Too often penmanship practice has no point in a student’s eyes. He writes a sentence or paragraph, and ultimately it stays glued in a workbook or ends up in the trash can. Why bother?
Motivate a student by writing letters to friends and family who live out of state. Not only will they appreciate the handwritten letter, but they will also likely write back to your student. And who doesn’t like getting mail?
5. Use Dry Erase
What is it about dry erase markers that makes them so appealing to kids? Perhaps it is the smooth glide of the felt tip, the instant erasure, or the wide selection of colors.
Take advantage of the allure of dry erase markers and use them for penmanship practice. Simply slide a worksheet into a sturdy page protector (or laminate the page) and have your student trace or copy the sentence.
Making Penmanship Enjoyable
Penmanship practice does not have to be a chore; it can be a delight! Try some (or all) of these five ways to make penmanship practice fun. Who knows? Penmanship practice may soon be your student’s favorite part of schoolwork.