Practice Handwriting This Summer for Big Payoff This Fall

It’s safe to say that everyone is feeling a big sigh of relief to have made it through this past school year! And we’re all looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead this summer.

While it is nice to sit back and relax during the summer months, summer also provides some extra time for students to begin or continue practicing important skills, such as handwriting.

With the majority of students completing at least part of this past school year online, we have heard from a large number of students they have hardly had to write anything with a pencil this year!

As a result, students have forgotten what some letters look like, and how to write a sentence with correct capitalization and punctuation. In addition, they’re experiencing an increase in hand fatigue and difficulty writing more than a sentence or two! This could have a huge impact on many students when they return to in-person school this fall, with an expectation to handwrite their assignments again.

Luckily, we are at the beginning of summer, and incorporating a few handwriting activities each week into your child’s routine could have a huge payoff when it comes time to return to school this fall!

Favorite Ways to Practice Handwriting

We have compiled a list of some of our favorite fun ways to practice handwriting with your child. So, check them out and let your child pick what sounds most fun to them:

As a bonus, check out another blog post from one of our favorite resources, The OT Toolbox!

Get Handwriting Support from Skills 4 Life

Need more help with your child’s handwriting? Are you having a hard time reading what they are writing? Does their writing seem slow or effortful? Reach out to the OTs at Skills 4 Life Pediatric OT to help your child get on the right track!

About Skills 4 Life:

Skills 4 Life offers a broad range of pediatric occupational therapy services to children from birth to high school. We help children master age-appropriate developmental skills, become more independent, increase academic success, & develop confidence. The experts at Skills 4 Life specialize in handwriting, keyboarding, & executive function coaching. We also work with children on the building blocks of writing, social & emotional learning, motor skills, self-regulation strategies, sensory integration, early intervention, & activities of daily living. Skills 4 Life offers your child a safe, compassionate environment to learn the critical skills they need to succeed in learning and life. Learn more about our team & services at You also can contact our office by email at or by phone at 303.351.1828 for a free consultation.

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