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Slow Down If your writing is hard to read or you erase a lot, try slowing down a little. For some kids, going slower solves the problem. If you rush, it's hard to control where you stop and start your letters, and you end up making more mistakes. Did you ever erase so hard it ripped a hole in the paper?

Lower the Pressure Some kids press down really hard when they write. That makes it harder to make the smooth lines needed for writing, especially cursive. Try easing up, don't grip the pencil as tightly, and let your pencil mark the paper without going all the way through.

You'll break fewer pencil points, too! Play Games Say what? You heard us right. Games can improve your handwriting. Lots of games require you to write or draw pictures. So even though it's not official schoolwork, you're still using the skills you need to control your pencil better.

To have better control of how your hands move, try games like Jenga or Don't Spill the Beans. And if you want to strengthen the muscles you need for writing, you can also do that while you're playing board games. Use a clothespin instead of your fingers to pick up your game piece and move it around the board. After a long board game, how about some imaginative play?

Pretend you're a movie star or famous athlete. Now, what do you do when your fans rush up to meet you? Give them your autograph, of course!

If you try these tips and still aren't seeing improvement, you can always ask for help. Tell your teacher and your mom or dad that you're having trouble. Some kids have occupational therapy to help them with handwriting skills.

But many kids can improve their handwriting if they work at it with the help of a grownup. Adults can encourage you and give you fun ways to practice, practice, practice. Your parent or teacher can be a kind of coach, cheering you on. And when you notice your handwriting is getting better, what should you do? Use that wonderful writing to write your coach a thank-you note!

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Some tips to help older kids improve handwriting skills. Handwriting difficulties are reported more frequently among boys than girls but most improve, given the right help. How important is pen grip? Many children with difficulties hold their pen or pencil in unconventional ways.

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