Multi-Sensory Writing Activities for Kids

As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, handwriting is one of the many skills I work on with kiddos. Today, I'll be teaching you basic multi-sensory tips for helping your child with his/her handwriting, while using a multi-sensory approach. Using a variety of senses is helpful for kiddos because it allows learning to happen in a way that is most beneficial for the child. For example, if your kiddo learns best through hearing, touching, watching, or smelling, each strategy can serve as a powerful tool to help in learning pre-academic skills.

So, let's get to it, shall we?!

Idea #1: Use Shaving Cream! 

  • Okay, Mommas! This is an oldie, but a goodie! Spread shaving cream out over a flat surface (one that you don't mind getting a little messy!) From there, use an isolated index finger to trace the alphabet, write single words, and/or sentences. Feel free to also use a paint brush to mimic a pencil for writing as well! Shaving cream incorporates: touch, smell, vision (hand/eye coordination), and yes... a messy (but wonderful!) experience :)

*Non-toxic shaving cream: Peppermint Flavor! *

Idea #2: Chalk, Crayons, Markers, or Paint! 

  • This idea may seem simple, but there truly is something intrinsically motivating when using chalk, crayons, markers, or paint (instead of pencils). For this option, feel free to utilize a chalk board, marker board, or basic white paper. From there, try incorporating a fun writing activity (i.e. writing the alphabet, writing a story about a painting/drawing your child completed) into the multi-writing mix! Chalk, Crayons, Markers, and Paint incorporates: vision and fine motor (hand/eye) coordination skills.

*Writing Goods: Non-toxic jumbo chalk, crayon rocks, markers,  non-toxic paint + children's paintbrushes*

Idea #3: Use Play dough + Music! 

  • My last idea for you today consists of play dough and music! (I know.. such a fun combo, right?! :) ) Play dough is an excellent tool that can be used for a plethora of skills, but for us in particular today, we will be using play dough as a pre-academic (handwriting) tool. With your play dough (check out our homemade non-toxic recipe for play dough here!)- roll out your ball so it becomes a flat surface. From here, get creative! You can use an alphabet infused melody to inspire your child to either roll shapes out of the dough to resemble letters OR to use writing tool to "carve" out words and/or letters on the play dough's surface. Play dough + music incorporates: vision, fine motor, touch, smell, and auditory skills.

*Kid's Music: ABC's + More! *

Mommas, I could go on and on and on and onnnnnnnnn with FUN and creative ways to enhance your child's handwriting skills (using a sensory approach)! But for today, this will have to get you started :-) I'm curious, do you have any particular struggles with your little and his/her handwriting or fine motor skills? Let me know on social media using @blossomingmommyandbaby so I can connect and hear your heart! We look forward to seeing you soon, sweet darling and hope you enjoyed this beautiful segment! If you did, please share this article or pin it with a girlfriend in need!