Why sensory play is important for handwriting
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Why sensory play is important for children developing handwriting skills

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To be able to manipulate a pencil and form letters of the alphabet, the hand, wrist, and shoulder needs to firstly develop the motor skills of:

  • spatial awareness (through proprioception, timing, and force)
  • shoulder stabilisation
  • core strength
  • wrist extension
  • palmar reflex integration
  • finger isolation


The hand, wrist and shoulder muscles develop these motor skills through crawling, climbing, scooping, spinning, pouring, jumping, hopping, digging, catching, riding, skipping, building, swinging, etc.


In this ebook I explain the importance of fine motor sensory play and provide a few quick and easy strategies for children aged 2 to 7 years.