Handwriting is good for your health

Handwriting is hard work but good for your health

A lot of children struggle to hold a pen in primary school, with their hand becoming tired and uncomfortable. Remember joining letters together for the first time? It is difficult and a child who’s grip involves the thumb being wrapped around of the forefinger rather than the tripod grip often lose patience.

Turning the fun skills  into handwriting

We’ve all heard about learning through play and the National Curriculum begins with the basics of engaging the young imagination through activities that are believed to encourage handwriting in the early Primary years. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Toddlers have more imagination than textbook knowledge and learning to engage with this primary energy starts at home.

Early Year’s curriculum starts at home

The development of talking and listening skills are the building blocks of reading and writing. A child’s apprenticeship with learning handwriting starts at home and continues through pre-school and magically becomes legible by Year 2. Opportunities to nurture pre-writing skills are all around us. Next time you’re sitting in traffic and the windows steam up, draw a letter and encourage those little fingers to trace the shape. Not only are you filling some boring time, tracing helps to develop hand to eye coordination

Sand play, wet or dry

Sand is a writing apprentices dream. Tracing is the first step and copying is the second stage in allowing the mind to shape the final letter. This is an activity for the beach, on the gravel driveway or turning rain drops on a window into a letter.  Encouraging the index finger to follow and shapes and patterns builds neural pathways that can be built upon for better handwriting.

Getting to grip with the right pen

The crayon or pencil grasp is a good place to start. Learning the tripod grip can be frustrating for little fingers. It’s better to engage a young learner first before correcting their grip. Copying basic circles, arches and zigzagging lines will develop rhythm and patience with the pen. The tripod grip gives greater accuracy and confidence to create new shapes. What you choose to write with and how you start could play a major part in learning to write.

Colouring books for the kids and parents

Art therapy is big business. Colouring books for adults are believed to help them de-stress. For kids, the act of colouring can help children develop the muscles in the hands, fingers and wrist. It is also develops the fine motor skills required for handwriting and like adults with a colouring book, it keeps them very quiet too.

Handwriting aids memory

Research into university students’ memory retention post lecture, found that those who wrote their notes long hand rather than typing them, could recall more information and facts. Writing was shown to engage distinct parts of the brain which triggered more memory developing neurons. Handwriting is clearly good for your health.



  1. July 1, 2017 / 10:10 am

    We’re lucky that T enjoys writing too. She absolutely loves pens, and she’ll be envious of your girls collection. I’m also glad that she has a neat penmanship, especially since mine is awful! Loving your photos as always 🙂 xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 2, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      My girls are obsessed with pens, they take after me! xxx

  2. July 1, 2017 / 10:29 am

    My little boy is 6 and he loves writing a story. He has just started to join up his letter and we bought him a special oen that helps them to hold the pen correctly. Interedting fact about people who write notes remember more!

    • Laura Dove
      July 2, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Yes! I write notes all the time, they are all over our house, but I still forget things! xx

  3. July 1, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    These are great tips, I have seen sand recommended before and it also stops a lot of paper wastage

    • Laura Dove
      July 2, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Yes we love drawing in sand, it’s so much more fun when the weather is good. xx

  4. July 2, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Eliza has just got her pen licence at school and we are busy working with Sebby ready for his start at school in Sept

    • Laura Dove
      July 2, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Oh the pen license! I remember my eldest getting his and it made me laugh so much! They are so happy about it at that age though! xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 2, 2017 / 6:43 pm

      We spend a lot of our time writing and colouring here, it’s so important isn’t it? xx

  5. July 2, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Matthew wouldn’t even pick up a pencil when he started school, now he writes beautifully. I think children develop at different times and mustn’t be pushed or they won’t enjoy it

    • Laura Dove
      July 3, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      I agree, it’s all about taking your time. Eva was the same just nine months ago and yet now she is never without a pencil in her hand! xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 5, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you for reading! xx

  6. July 7, 2017 / 10:40 am

    This was really helpful. My daughter is learning to write, but is becomeing frustrated with it. She says she hates it but I think it’s about confidence building in her case. We will be doing more to encourage her at home

    • Laura Dove
      July 7, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      I agree, I think confidence is a huge part of writing. My daughter writes non stop at home, she literally never stops and although a lot of it may not be “correct”, I think it really helps! xx

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