The write stuff

stabilo1As we’ve just launched a brilliant range of fun and funky Stabilo pens, I thought now would be the perfect time to share some kids’ handwriting development tips with you.

stabilo2The pens themselves have been designed in collaboration with scientists, teachers and children, and are shaped for different ages and hand sizes. They even come in left and right-handed versions.

Key to helping your kids put them to good use is encouraging creativity. Dr Christian Marquardt, Expert on Fine Motor Skills from Munich-Bogenhausen hospital says, ‘by building children a bridge between drawing and writing, you make it considerably easier for them to develop flowing handwriting’. So get started with the following activities.

Colouring in: This is a fun way for your child to practise holding pens and pencils, and to develop hand and wrist movements. Using large sheets of paper and letting kids draw big pictures with different lines and curves improves the movement skills needed when writing. The Woody colouring pencils are perfect for this.

Circles and shapes: Drawing circles improves the coordination between the wrist and fingers, while experimenting with different shapes helps kids to develop their arm and wrist movements.

Dot-to-dot games: These help to improve finger dexterity, requiring smaller, shorter movements plus lifting pens and pencils off the page. Try the Stabilo EASY Originals pens here.

Tracing: Another great way to get kids to practise motor skills and trying new lines and shapes.

Who knows, if they’d had the Stabilo EASY Ergonomics Experts range when I was at school my handwriting might be better than my doctor’s scrawl! But with the whole range now available with your shopping, there’s nothing holding your little ones back.

Rebecca Tott

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