Last week I shared a simple DIY Fine Motor Toolkit idea. The original idea I saw was a handwriting toolkit that had been put together as a raffle at my state's Occupational Therapy Association conference. So today I am sharing my spin on the DIY handwriting toolkit.
I really wish I had thought of these ideas when I was working in the school system. It would have been so easy to keep everything in one spot and have it when I needed it.
You will probably need a larger container than the one I used for the fine motor toolkit. I found a two-tiered snap container that my dad had given me so I used that. I also used a divider for the pencil grips in the top section. It is by Snapware – Snap and Stack Portable Organizer and just like this one below:
DIY Handwriting Toolkit Items
This is certainly not an exhaustive list, you could add different items you have on hand.
- Crayola Write Start Colored Pencils
- Wikki Stix
- Pencil grips (the ones I included: ARK Butter Grip, The Pencil Grip, Crossover Grip, and The Pinch Grip, and Mini Pencil Grips).
- Weighted pencils
- Small hexagon pencils
- Regular H2 Pencils
- Dry erase marker
- Dry erase practice board (I like the one from Fundanoodle)
- Mini Chalkboard
- Shaving Cream
- Index cards
- Small craft sticks (to use a letter/word spacers)
- Large craft sticks with velcro dots (used to make letters or shapes)
- Yellow, red, green, and/or blue highlighter
- Squeeze ball
- Pencil top chewy (I included the ARK Krypto-Bite)
- Kwik Stix
- Adaptive paper (the kinds I included: Mead See and Feel Learn to Write Raised Ruling, Mead 4-in-1 Learn to Write Letter with Guidelines, RediSpace Transitional Notebook Paper, Abilitations HiWrite Notebook Paper)
- Muscle Mover cards from Fundanoodle (Uppercase cards and Lowercase cards)
- I Can Build Letters Magnet sets (Uppercase magnets and Lowercase magnets – works with the dry erase magnet board perfectly!)
- Pre-Writing Practice Line Printables
There are many more types of pencil grips or adaptive papers you could include (depending on the age of your child or students).
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I'm also excited to share that I am part of a resource called The Handwriting Book. It was written by 8 other pediatric therapists including myself and has everything you need to know about handwriting skills.