Wednesday, January 13, 2010

National Handwriting Day is January 23rd


National Handwriting Day is January 23rd each year. This date honors John Hancock who is well known for his signature on the Declaration of Independence. Here are some suggested ideas to celebrate the day with your children or students.

1. Bake a cake to celebrate John Hancock's birthday. Following a recipe, measuring, mixing and stirring incorporates motor planning, sequencing, fine motor skills, muscle strengthening and bilateral coordination. Ice the cake and purchase the store bought gel icings. The children can write their signatures on the icing to decorate the cake.

2. Practice writing your signature on one piece of paper using various mediums such as crayons, pencil, colored pencil, pens, markers and watercolors.

3. Hand write a thank you note or letter to a loved one.

4. Find a pen pal and exchange letters.

5. Pick a topic from the Scholastic Story Starter (or any story starter) and write a story.

Need more ideas to practice handwriting? Check out our Valentine's Handwriting Activities or Winter Handwriting Activities.

2 comments:

therextras said...

Thanks for this, Margaret. I think I will be including the link for this post on 23 Jan.
Barbara

Your Therapy Source Inc said...

Heidi at Pediastaff has added a few more ideas for National Handwriting Day.