Are you looking for a fun way for your preschooler or early elementary student to practice their handwriting? This Back to School Kinetic Sand Writing Tray is a fun way for young children to practice handwriting with great proprioceptive sensory input!
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Back to School Kinetic Sand Writing Tray
- small tray
- kinetic sand
- plastic apple table scatter (optional)
- thin permanent marker (optional)
How to Set Up:
To set up a Back to School Kinetic Sand Writing Tray dump a package of kinetic sand into the tray and spread it out. Kids can also do this for tactile sensory input.
Then some plastic apples can be placed in the tray. Use a thin permanent marker to write some letters or sight words on the apples. This is a great way to create a little word wall or a visual way to show students the letters or words they should practice.
Include a sharpened pencil with the kinetic sand tray and invite your child to come practice their handwriting.
Benefits of a Kinetic Sand Writing Tray
Kinetic sand is different from loose sand. It is heavier and easily molded into shapes, kind of like clay. Kinetic sand is a great sensory material for proprioceptive input of the hands and fingers. Playing with it provides many benefits to children. One of those benefits is when kids practice writing in it. When used for writing kinetic sand provides some resistance that may help students get more of a feel for the letters they are writing. The resistance of the kinetic sand may also make it easier for kids who press too hard or too soft when writing learn to adjust their pencil pressure. Here is a great post from Sugar Aunts that provides more information about proprioception and handwriting.
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