Learning to hold a pencil correctly and control its movement takes a lot of practice for little hands. Not only does your child have to move the pencil precisely on the paper, he also has to be able to stop the movement and change the direction of the pencil when writing most letters and numerals.
The following worksheets will give your child opportunities to practice moving his pencil along the desired path, stopping at speciﬁc points, and changing direction before moving on.
Direct your child to begin with the beginning mazes for kids worksheets which have the widest paths and the fewest twists and turns. Before your child begins drawing a line with his pencil, ask him to move the pointer ﬁnger of his dominant hand along the path so he can practice making the required twists and turns.
When your child can comfortably complete the beginning worksheets, you can challenge his fine motor control by introducing the advanced mazes for kids worksheets. These mazes are more challenging for children to complete because they feature narrower paths and include more direction changes. Again, ask your child to ﬁrst trace the path with the pointer ﬁnger of his dominant hand before starting to draw the line.
As your child completes these mazes, encourage him to keep his pencil on the paper, even when he needs to pause to change direction. By stopping at the corners and keeping his pencil on the paper, he will be able to get a sharp point at the corner rather than a soft curve. The sharp points on these worksheets will prepare your child to write the letters with sharp points such as N, M, V and W. Maneuvering around the curves will help him smoothly write the rounded letters such as C, D, G, O, P, and Q.
You can further accelerate your child’s fine motor development by drawing lines, shapes or letters and having your child trace over them. For example, you can write a series of curvy, straight or zig-zag lines in blue highlighter. Then give your child a yellow highlighter and ask him to trace over your lines. Your child will enjoy seeing the blue line turn green as his yellow marker traces over it and that visual change will provide him with immediate feedback on the precision of his work.