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Last week I shared a simple DIY Fine Motor Toolkit idea. The original idea I saw was a handwriting toolkit that had been put together as a raffle at my state’s Occupational Therapy Association conference. So today I am sharing my spin on the DIY handwriting toolkit.

I really wish I had thought of these ideas when I was working in the school system. It would have been so easy to keep everything in one spot and have it when I needed it.

You will probably need a larger container than the one I used for the fine motor toolkit. I found a two-tiered snap container that my dad had given me so I used that. I also used a divider for the pencil grips in the top section. It is by Snapware – Snap and Stack Portable Organizer and just like this one below:

DIY Handwriting Toolkit Items

This is certainly not an exhaustive list, you could add different items you have on hand.

  • Crayola Write Start Colored Pencils
  • Playdough
  • TheraPutty
  • Wikki Stix
  • Pencil grips (the ones I included: ARK Butter Grip, The Pencil Grip, Crossover Grip, and The Pinch Grip, and Mini Pencil Grips).
  • Weighted pencils
  • Small hexagon pencils
  • Regular H2 Pencils
  • Dry erase marker
  • Dry erase practice board (I like the one from Fundanoodle)
  • Mini Chalkboard
  • Chalk
  • Sponge
  • Washcloth
  • Shaving Cream
  • Index cards
  • Small craft sticks (to use a letter/word spacers)
  • Large craft sticks with velcro dots (used to make letters or shapes)
  • Yellow, red, green, and/or blue highlighter
  • Squeeze ball
  • Pencil top chewy (I included the ARK Krypto-Bite)
  • Kwik Stix
  • Adaptive paper (the kinds I included: Mead See and Feel Learn to Write Raised Ruling, Mead 4-in-1 Learn to Write Letter with Guidelines, RediSpace Transitional Notebook Paper, Abilitations HiWrite Notebook Paper)


  • Muscle Mover cards from Fundanoodle (Uppercase cards and Lowercase cards)
  • I Can Build Letters Magnet sets (Uppercase magnets and Lowercase magnets – works with the dry erase magnet board perfectly!)
  • Pre-Writing Practice Line Printables

There are many more types of pencil grips or adaptive papers you could include (depending on the age of your child or students).

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I’m also excited to share that I am part of a resource called The Handwriting Book. It was written by 8 other pediatric therapists including myself and has everything you need to know about handwriting skills.


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