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STABILO| National Handwriting Day [AD-GIFTED]

January 23, 2019

This is a gifted partnership with STABILO

National Handwriting Day was started to re-introduce one’s self to a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. According to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, it is a chance for all to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting. 

Getting kids to write can be challenging. By teaching children early is a great way to give them a jump start into learning to write. Be sure to make handwriting fun and children will look forward to practising. Here are some top tips to teach children how to write or just improve their writing skills just in time for National Handwriting Day.

How to encourage children to write

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It is important to have children see words written. Reading to children is important. Let kids look at books, magazines or even the newspaper. Keep a basket with reading books for kids to have access to.

Make Play Time Learning Time

Even playing can be a chance to learn. If you see a stop sign, talk about the letters. If there is a sign on a building, talk about what is on the sign, the letters and what the sign says. Buy letter magnets or letter puzzles. These can be fun to move around and play with for kids. Kids can learn their letters and learn how to make words using these fun toys.

Writing Tools

Let kids play with different things to write with. Most parents choose crayons or pencils but there are many things that can work. Sidewalk chalk, dot markers (like the kind used to play Bingo) and even paint brushes are great options. These things help children build up the small motor skills.

Teach the Correct Pencil Grip

Teaching kids to hold the pencil correctly can save trouble down the line. Once kids learn to hold the pencil it can be hard to reteach the correct way later. Holding the pencil the correct way also helps kids to be able to write the letters correctly.


The best way to learn how to write letters is practice. As children practice writing their letters they will get better at writing them. STABILO is a great site for helping children learn to write. It has a learning zone section on their website that offers tips and ideas to help children learn to write. There are a lot of activity sheets to download to help children practice. Starting with first shapes up to handwriting, these sheets are great practice for kids learning to write.

If your child is left-handed, they also have a great selection of left-handed stationery available to ensure that they have grip points in the correct place.

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Win a STABILO National Handwriting Day Bundle

To help you encourage your child to write more, we are lucky enough to have a STABILO National Handwriting Day Bundle to giveaway

Prize: STABILO National Handwriting Day Bundle

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

STABILO National Handwriting Day Bundle

Review Collaboration

  • Ellen Stafford January 23, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Fab prize! Great for my niece and nephew x

  • Laura pyper January 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    This would be great for my daughter

  • Donna Loxton January 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway, good luck to everyone!ol.com

  • Margaret Clarkson January 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    My daughter would absolutely love this set.

  • Tracy Nixon January 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Fab prize! Great for my daughter!

  • Georgina Prince January 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    These look great, I know my sons would have fun improving there writing with them x

  • Catherine S January 23, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    What a lovely prize! Thank you for the chance to win.

  • iain maciver January 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Great for my niece and nephew

  • sandy January 23, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    maybe this would help my son, he’s an excellent reader but really struggles with handwriting.

  • Solange January 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    My daughter would love this set.

  • Corinne Henson January 23, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    My son has a massive obsession with stationary and would love this!

  • Andrea Upton January 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    These are really good pens, lovely to write with

  • Nikki Stewart January 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    These are fab products!

  • Catherine Bullas January 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Lovely prize.

  • Susie Wilkinson January 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Lovely pens like these might actually encourage mine to write!

  • Lisa Wilkinson January 23, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway

  • pete c January 23, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    a really nice useful giveaway and with a great message behind it – thanks

  • Fiona Lynch January 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Lovely prize, great boast for my girls doing their exams.

  • Rebecca Nisbet January 23, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    my daughter has struggled with her handwriting, but recently she has got alot better, this would a great reward for her.

  • Tim A January 23, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    This would be seriously useful!

  • justine Meyer January 23, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    love these thanks for the chance

  • Kathleen marsden January 23, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    My grandson loves stabile pens. He’s 9 and says that they feel nice

  • Margaret Gallagher January 24, 2019 at 1:22 am

    LOVELY way to inspire creativity

  • Anna Nicamhlaigh January 24, 2019 at 2:59 am

    I agree, showing how, then let them practice. We also love the ‘holders’ you can slide on for a better grip of the pen or pencil.

  • Emily Egan January 24, 2019 at 4:42 am

    My youngest sister would love this

  • Jessica Nightingale January 24, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Love the prize, so useful for the kids!

  • Becky Yeomans January 24, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Would be lovely for my daughter if I won, fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  • Ruth Lines January 24, 2019 at 7:05 am

    My son would love these to help him with his handwriting

  • Ruth Harwood January 24, 2019 at 8:19 am

    These would be great for my son and getting his handwriting tidy and legible lol!! and they’re so pretty too!!

  • Sue McCarthy January 24, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Great prize, thank you for the chance.

  • Jayne Townson January 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Some great pens there, my kids would love these.

  • Peter Rasmussen January 24, 2019 at 9:16 am

    My son would love this!

  • Sheena Batey January 24, 2019 at 10:03 am

    So nice to encourage them to write before the skill of handwriting disappears

  • Charlotte January 24, 2019 at 10:04 am

    we love pens in our house xD

  • Chloe Taylor January 24, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Fantastic pens I always used Stabilo at primary and high school. thanks for the great giveaway x

  • Rich Tyler January 24, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Awesome, count me IN

  • Karen Langridge January 24, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Great tips, enjoyed reading them and fab competition, thanks! x

  • Ursula Hunt January 24, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I love writing with a good quality pen

  • Helen Tovell January 24, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Lovely giveaway thank you

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    GENEROUS GIVEAWAY count me in please

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    this is a great prize thankyou

  • Linda C January 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Lovely bundle would be sad to see the loss of great handwriting

  • Annabel Greaves January 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    This would be a lovely set for my kids

  • Claire Nutman January 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Top quality in my own opinion, the best pens we have used, so many thanks for the comp…..

  • Abby January 24, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Oh wow I’ve never seen these before, I’d love to try them! πŸ™‚

  • nicola dean January 24, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    My kids love writing, they would love this.

  • Clifford Sherwood January 24, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Superb prize and very useful as well

  • Alison Johnson January 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    This would be great for my son & hopefully help improve his writing!

  • Carole Nott January 24, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    great giveaway – thanks for the chance to win these pens

  • Andrea Fletcher January 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    This would be great for my grandson.

  • Christina Palmer January 24, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway I know my granddaughter would love this

  • sean January 24, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    id love this for myself .. i love pens and writing stuff down

  • Emma Salter January 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    My daughter loves to write stories. This prize is amazing!

  • Roz Walker-Smith January 24, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Lovely prize. My son would absolutely love these. Thanks for the chance.

  • Julia Kerr January 24, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Handwriting sadly seems to be a lost art now that everything is done on screens, I love stationery though

  • Becky John January 25, 2019 at 5:23 am

    These would be great for my son.

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    I lovely prize I would give them to my daughter

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    Amazing give away

  • Val Pownall January 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    What a fantastic prize! I am so pleased that our 6 year old granddaughter is already using cursive writing in year 1 at school. Makes so much more sense and I’m sure she’ll be catching her 10 year old sister up soon. They used to print, then learn cursive later on which just made it harder to change over. Starting cursive from Reception makes it much easier.

  • Kristine Archaia January 25, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    looks like a great pen, I have just entered your giveaway, can not wait to find out who wins πŸ™‚

  • T Brailey January 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Really good advice – great products

  • Kim Murray January 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Great giveaway – yes please x

  • Karen Barrett January 25, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    These look great, thank you

  • Karen Usher January 25, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I love using paper and pen, I think its a dying art, my children are learning cursive at school. Soon we will all just be using tablets/laptops and phones!

  • abigail edkins January 26, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Ive seen some terrible handwriting over the years…it can tell you quite a bit about a person

  • Victoria P January 26, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity πŸ™‚ I miss the days of writing with a fountain pen – we should go back to that in schools!

  • Bex allum January 26, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    My girls love writing, this would really help them.

  • Fiona jk42 January 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Great prize! My granddaughter will be starting Reception in september, so this will be perfect for getting her to practice some of the “pre-writing” worksheets

  • Iris Tilley January 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    My granddaughter is 6 and has good handwriting for her age These pens should help nicely

  • Kay Broomfield January 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    This would be a lovely prize to share between my 4 year old daughter and 9 year old son.

  • Laura Pritchard January 27, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Perfect for my son & daughter (year 3 & almost Foundation)

  • Lorna Ledger January 27, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    So nice, love nice hand writing, would give to my Nephew – 8

  • Vikki Sanderson January 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    My son has hypermobility and co-ordination difficulties so something like this would help him so much!

  • JULIE WARD January 27, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Eldest grandson could do with these, he’s not the best writer in the world

  • Roisin M January 28, 2019 at 6:13 am

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  • Tom Burlace January 29, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Love this! How great! ^_^

  • Amy Bondoc January 29, 2019 at 3:20 am

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  • Caroline cummins January 29, 2019 at 9:04 am

    When I was a child my handwriting was terrible, because I was forced to write in cursive, as an adult I developed my own handwriting style and now everyone asks me to write their cards as my handwriting is so nice

  • Jean Cassell January 29, 2019 at 10:58 am

    We were taught to write in ITALICS as children. People tell me now that my handwriting is beautiful. Pity really as most of my writing these days is done on my iPad.

  • Geri Gregg January 29, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I’d love to have some nice stationary like this! Looks fab

  • DUNCAN BROWN January 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Would come in very handy

  • Suzanne Gaulton January 29, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    My daughter is a stationery addict, so she’d love me to win this fab bundle!

  • Jo Carroll January 29, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    One downsize about having a tech-savvy little boy is that he shuns anything he can’t type or swipe on a digital screen – so I have to really try to encourage him to write with a pen…but I used to love writing at his age – I must have filled 100 notebooks in my time by simply scribbling and perfecting my signature and I still haven’t quite got there πŸ˜‰ x

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    Great prize and products

  • ADEINNE TONNER January 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Great giveaway this would be fantastic for my niece

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    fantastic prize, this would be perfect for my daughters

  • Jessica Powell January 30, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Ooh, fab prize! I’ve got a couple of those Stabilo pencils to use myself, they’re so comfortable to use.

  • Tracy Newton January 31, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    A lovely prize. My son would really benefit from this set.

  • Christopher Read February 1, 2019 at 12:34 am

    These look high quality and like fun pens to use. Thanks for runnning this comp πŸ™‚

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  • Thomas Perry February 1, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    These would be perfect for my niece Orlaith

  • Sharon Hirst February 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Lovely giveaway, thanks for the opportunity. Would be perfect for my niece

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    have always found Stabilo to be a great brand, their fineliners last for ages

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    StAbilo are a reliable brand. Great prize.

  • katrina walsh February 3, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Nice prize. My 2 always seem to take more pride in their handwriting when they have a nice fancy pen to use

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    Fantastic pens. Stabilo are a great make

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    fabulous my daughter Freya would love this bundle

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    Fab prize for my grandson

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    Great prize, perfect for my nephews and nieces.

  • Emma Howard February 4, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Great prize for my kids!

  • Nyasha Mtutu February 5, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    My son is 8 and struggles with writing neatly – I find Stabilo pens and pencils are great as the encourage the proper grip needed to help improve his writing.

  • Susan Willshee February 5, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    People often comment on my neat hand writing. I really had to practice to make it neat because as a left hander it’s not easy. daisy is now left handed so I completely understand when she is trying hard to be neat (and often failing)

  • Johanne Currie February 6, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Awesome prize

  • Kitty-Engineer February 6, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Looks amazing!

  • Leslie Evans February 7, 2019 at 7:59 am

    good prize.

  • Katie B February 7, 2019 at 9:59 am

    This would be great for the kids they might want to practise writing more if we got them nice pens

  • janine atkin February 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    i do love a good pen πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca Whatmore February 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Great giveaway!

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    Great prize for my grandchildren!

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    nice giveaway great for the kids

  • Nicola Marshall February 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    My daughter loves writing little stories. She would love this.

  • Pauline Wilson February 8, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    My daughter is always looking for a pen or pencil to do her homework so this would be a very useful prize to win thank you

  • twirlywhirly February 8, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    love this brand,hoping to get lucky for grandsons they are both learning handwriting at the moment so would be a big benefit πŸ™‚

  • DENISE WILDEN February 8, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Lovely prize this would be ideal for both my grandchildren Grace is only just starting to write her letters

  • Sheri Darby February 8, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    This would be lovely for my son

  • Anthea Holloway February 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    What a lovely prize and just right for children beginning to write properly!

  • A.E. ADKINS February 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Stabilo pens encourage beautiful smooth handwriting, for both young and old.

  • Elizabeth Yeates February 8, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    As a teacher I am a bit handwriting obsessed! These look great.

  • Elizabeth Smith February 8, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I wish I’d spent more time practising my handwriting as a child

  • Amanda Gregory February 9, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Fabulous prize. I adore great pens.

  • paula cheadle February 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    my daughter would adore this wonderful prize

  • Rachel Craig February 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Always nice to receive a handwritten card, etc. Handwriting is important, good to acknowledge such. Calligraphy can become an interest, or hobby, etc. Great prize.

  • Jenny Rogers February 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I love a good pen – these look great.

  • Katie Skeoch February 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Fab a really useful set

  • Michelle Moloney February 9, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Can’t beat decent pens

  • Hannah Austin February 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Great prize! Would love to win for my niece

  • Hannah Austin February 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Great prize! Would love to win for my niece

  • olivia Kirby February 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    What a lovely prize, I’d like this for my daughter.

  • Wiebke Howey February 9, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    My daughter loves writing with fountain pens and she has bought a cheap one with her pocket money. I think this one would be much better.

  • Sylvia Paul February 9, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I would love this for my Daughter xx

  • Phil Boyle February 9, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Gr8 bit of kit , Worth writing home about. Luv 2 winit πŸ™‚

  • Wendy Tolhurst February 10, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Lovely bundle – would really help my daughter who is left-handed. Hope she finds writing easier than I did at school (I am also left-handed). Even when I was 17/18 and at college, I would get reports stating my handwriting could be neater.

  • Richard R February 10, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Love Stabilo pens, they are always great quality

  • Geoff Hibbert February 10, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Great prize!

  • Emma Deeley February 10, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Would love to win this lovely set

  • sarah parker February 10, 2019 at 9:44 am

    would love to win πŸ™‚

  • Derek Wilson February 10, 2019 at 9:50 am

    This would be lovely for my niece, thank you. It’s a shame that letter-writing is becoming a lost art – it’s so much more personal and creative than electronic communication, and with the choice of colourful, imaginative stationery, you can really put your own stamp on it (quite literally!).

  • Melissa Lee February 10, 2019 at 10:05 am

    This would be a lovely treat. I adore stationery!

  • Pauline Dring February 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    This is a really useful giveaway, thank you

  • Lucy Fallon February 10, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Great prize

  • Natalee Gosiewski February 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    watched the video of marvel live im booking tickets after im off here can not wait to take my son

  • Cheryl Hackney February 10, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    would love to win this

  • Sarah Robinson February 10, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Fantastic prize, love these pens

  • Jeanette Leighton February 10, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Fantastic prize would love to win this for my daughter Sheriah

  • jackie curran February 10, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I love stabilo products , so this would be perfect .

  • Jo Hutchings February 10, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    My son really struggles with his handwriting so this would be a lovely prize to motivate him.

  • Julie Scattergood February 10, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    My son would love this

  • Catherine Gregory February 10, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Great for all ages, thank you

  • Kate Davies February 10, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the chance.

  • Kate Davies February 10, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the chance.

  • Sarah Roberts February 10, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    They are gorgeous! l love that stationary is back in demand. I remember swapping erasers as a child! loved the bubblegum smelling ones too.

  • CAROL PATRICK February 10, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Lovely pens, I’d love to win – thanks for the chance.

  • Diana February 10, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Would love to win πŸ™‚

  • Kayleigh Watkins February 10, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Another great giveaway thank you very much for the chance to win xx

  • Lucie Aiston February 10, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Fabulous prize for me and my stationary mad teen!

  • Sam Parkes February 10, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Love to win for my daughter

  • Natalie Crossan February 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Fantastic we really need some new stationary in our house πŸ™‚

  • Danielle Graves February 10, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I love pens, my handwriting seems to differ slightly depending on the pen type I am using

  • Tee Simpson February 10, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I would love these as I do a lot of writting. Im sure the kids would love them too.

  • Deborah Clarke February 10, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    My son would adore this #win. Thanks for the chance to be your lucky winner

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