1. Letters made from glue, glue/sand, or puff/fabric paint. Add food coloring to a bottle of paint/glue (not the washable kind). Stir and keep bottle upside down overnight to mix well. Write the letter on an index card with a pencil and have child squeeze bottle to form the letter, making sure the letter is formed properly. When the glue/paint dries, it forms a raised letter for tactile input. Have child trace the raised letter 3x with index finger of dominant hand.
2. Can also use glue to write letters on wax paper or glass, let dry and peel off letter. Can add sand and/or color.
3. Write in sand, putty, pudding, on carpet squares, etc.
4. Wikki Stix over letters written on index cards. Can also form letters out of wikki sticks, putty, with body, etc.
5. Write letters on index card with black marker. Make a green dot with marker as starting point and red dot as stopping point for letter. Then put a thin layer of glue over the letter and dry overnight.
6. When using classroom triple-lined paper, highlight bottom and dotted middle lines. Top line is where capitals and tall lowercase letters begin. This makes the paper more closely resemble the HWT two-lined paper.
7. Have the child first trace a really large letter on the board, then make the letter independently in handwriting worksheets, and then write the letter with their eyes closed. It can increase the interest/sensory feedback if you are able to do this some over a bumpy surface such as an air vent cover.
Compiled by Deanna Iris Sava, MS, OTR/L