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September 29, 2009

3 Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting with Your Kids

Filed under: Family Activities,Schools and Learning — Erin @ 3:12 pm

Do you remember those long hours you spent in 3rd grade tracing the loops of your p’s and q’s? The slow cramp that developed in your hand as you clenched your #2 pencil?

48a16547-f4a3-4306-b94b-1f00e1c07bcf.hmediumWell we’re happy to say those days are gone.  A recent article by the Associated Press pays tribute to the waning use of cursive in schools.  “Cursive writing may be a fading skill, but so what?” the article is titled.  Even at Zoodles we’ve been forced to consider the value of learning cursive – we keep track of games that teach Penmanship, but we’ve yet to encounter any!  Meanwhile, the number of Zoodles games teaching Typing and Computer Literacy continues to increase.  Check out a few below!

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Your child develops spelling and computer keyboard skills by typing words out of letters to win the sailing competition.Your child develops typing skills by typing words on the word balloons as quickly as possible in order to avoid colliding with their plane. Your child develops typing skills by typing the individual letters on cups.

Despite our company “meh” on the death of cursive, we still thought of some neat activities you can use to help your child start practicing their handwriting, with or without the loops.

Wipe Clean Activity Books


We heard this one straight from the moms!  Roger Priddy’s developed cardboard books that little kids can write on using dry erase markers!  It’s the perfect activity for tracing letters and learning to love books – just make sure your little ones know which books to write on!

Writing on Foggy Windows

Heart in foggy windowWhether it’s on the mirror in your bathroom or the window by their carseat, nothing’s more fun than tracing letters on foggy surfaces!  Take advantage of these magical moments by encouraging your child to write their name or draw some animals.  Both improve fine motor skills!

Put Old Checkbooks to Use!

IMG_4274Nothing talks louder than money!  Let your children practice their handwriting while filling out old or fake checks to themselves.  Some parents even use “checks” from “The Family Bank” as rewards for good behavior!  Whether or not the activity’s tied to rewards, most kids will just have fun playing grown-up.  Writing checks not only gets in some good practice writing numbers and letters, but it even sneaks in some *cursive* when they get started on their signature!     If you prefer not to use old checks, here’s a link to some printable check templates for kids.

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4 Comments »

  1. Nah. Let’s teach the 3rd graders a different language instead.

    Comment by Amber Smith — September 29, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  2. checkbooks are a great idea for practicing.
    my first time here. nice looking website.

    Comment by melissa stover — September 29, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

  3. I feel ashamed and a bad mother now. I used to love writing on steamed up windows when I was young, but I banned my kids from doing it because it leaves smeary marks! You have some great tips here for teaching cursive writing. I know the loopy style might be going out of fashion but everyone needs to be able to write neatly and clearly – we don’t always have a computer to hand. Learning to touch type is really useful though. My daughter taught herself to touch type from a book at the age of six and she reaped the rewards in high school, college and now at university because she can type up her assignments almost as fast as she can think what to write.

    Comment by Cursive Writing UK — September 30, 2009 @ 4:38 am

  4. I am a happy mother. My sons handwriting was awful until I found a program called http://www.fonts4teachers.com I use it all the time!!!!!!
    Dana
    home school mom

    Comment by dana — October 28, 2010 @ 11:34 am

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