Do your kids struggle with writing? My oldest does. He’s not very confident and handwriting is a source of frustration for him. He avoids writing anything at all costs. This hinders a lot of areas of school, so I know it’s something we need focus on.
One helpful idea is to practicing writing in different mediums – rice, cornmeal, even oatmeal. We’ve been taking it one step further and writing with things that taste good too.
Writing in Chocolate Syrup
We started with a blob of chocolate syrup on a big plate.
Dip fingers in, make some swirls…
…more licks! Can you tell Jude’s having fun?
Kai works on his spelling words…
with a smile!
Ezra draws and licks too!
The best part is licking the plate when they finish!
Writing with Whipped Cream
We whipped up a batch of whipped cream.
Put a glob on a plate…
…and let the fun begin! Ezzy practices making circles and sticks, which is great preparation for writing.
Kai does his spelling and writing practice
All these activities may look like just too much fun, but I am seeing some huge results. All this practice in different mediums is boosting his confidence and skill, which leads to…
…this! Real writing on real paper with a real pencil!
No tears and no fuss.
Very careful, neat work.
It feels so good to do a nice job!
This post was originally published February 19, 2010