There are many different elements to developing functional handwriting. While practice with paper and pencil is essential, using other mediums can help develop motor memory and create a positive sensory experience surrounding handwriting. Having kids create letters, words and doodles using finger paint in bubble wrap gives not only provides a kinesthetic feeling to writing, but gives feedback as to the physical boundaries of the letters. This would be a great activity for kids with low vision as well as those with multiple disabilities who may benefit from writing in a variety of different mediums. The activity is also just plain fun which helps promote engagement in handwriting!
- Bubble wrap
- Washable paint
- Place bubble wrap in front of child on table
- Splatter paint on bubble wrap
- Allow child to draw, write and make shapes according to feel of bubble wrap!
- Place bubble wrap on an easel to increase wrist extension
- Use different size bubble wrap for different texture/sensory experience and/or different sized letters
- Use shaving cream, hair gel or baby powder to provide a different sensory experience
Inspired by Mummy Musings and Mayhem.