STABILO | Encouraging handwriting

February 19, 2020

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Unlike running or jumping, handwriting os a skill which needs to be taught and children who aren’t may not develop a comfortable, readable style.

Piglet started preschool (a nursery based within a school environment) in September and whilst she has enjoyed the fun side of running, jumping and creative tasks. There is also an educational side to her time spent within the preschool setting with each child given goals to reach across the year. For Piglet, the goal she has been set is to write her name independently by the end of the year. Something that will help her when she comes to start reception class this coming September.

In order to help her achieve this goal, we have been practising at home with the help of the STABILO handwriting range.

STABILO EASYgraph pencils

Holding a pencil is an unusual and new experience for children, and they have to learn how to hold one before they can use it. The ergonomic design of the STABILO EASYgraph helps children to find the right grip in order to start learning the art of handwriting. Combined with handwriting resources or sheets supplied from preschool Piglet is able to follow the lines, shapes and letter formations to get used to holding a pencil.

Product features

  • The first ergonomic pencil especially for left or right-handers
  • Triangular design and non-slip grip moulds ensure a relaxed hand posture
  • Yellow and red colour coding at the end of the pencil indicates left- or right-handed versions
  • Wood from responsibly managed forests
  • Space for inscribing the name

STABILO EASYoriginal handwriting pen

The STABILO EASYoriginal pen is specially designed to provide optimal support for children who are looking to progress from pencil to pen. Although this is a little advanced for Piglet it does help her understand that she needs to have her grip correctly on the pen before being able to write or draw.

Product features

  • Stylish and ergonomic rollerball especially designed for left- or right-handers
  • Grip-Zone made from non-slip material
  • The relaxed hold prevents fatigue and helps neat and tidy handwriting – that won’t blot or scratch.
  • Extremely easy to refill with no mess. Each refill has a new tip
  • Available with royal-blue erasable ink
  • Space for a name tag
  • Cap fits on the end of the pen

Free Twinkl Handwriting printable resources

To assist Piglet at home with encouraging her to follow lines, shapes and letter formation. I have printed off a collection of free handwriting resources, I downloaded ours from Twinkl – although there is a wide range of websites to choose from that offer handwriting resources.

Win a STABILO EASY Handwriting Bundle

To help you encourage your child with their handwriting, we are lucky enough to have two STABILO EASY Handwriting Bundles to giveaway.

Prize: STABILO EASY Handwriting Bundle – including STABILO EASYgraph pencils, STABILO EASYoriginal handwriting pen and STABILO Handwriting Hints booklet

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 EASY Handwriting Bundle


  • Peter Watson February 19, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t think you can praise children enough when learning to write to not be embarassed when they make a mistake.

  • Kathleen Marsden February 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    I bought stencils to encourage my children to write. They thought it was drawing so seemed more fun

  • Jo Jones February 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Giving new pens, pencils, crayons and notebooks is always a good incentive for children to write.

  • Nicola Farrel February 19, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    My girls like colourful pens and pencils

  • ashleigh allan February 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Lots of praise and encouragement

  • Danika Lloyd February 19, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    To do it with them and draw too and make it fun

  • Susie Wilkinson February 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    I think it helps if we still use pen and paper around the home, we write shopping lists together, and then have to recognise the products when we go shopping!

  • EMMA WALTERS February 19, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    we like to make little comic book stories and add the people talking to start with

  • Solange February 19, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Encourage your child to write their own books, ask for help with the shopping list and write to far away friends and relatives.

  • Rich Tyler February 20, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Make it fun

  • Jesse Partington February 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Get them to invent a fairy story and then to write it down and sign their name at the bottom. This makes it “their story” and therefore something to be proud of. The writing just becomes a means to an end

  • Vikki Bowker February 20, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Get kids used to letter formation by tracing letters in a tray of salt or sugar before expecting them to write with a pen.

  • Julia Kerr February 22, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Young children love getting post so start up a pen pal system with friends or family members so that they can practise their writing when they reply, and reading when they get post

  • Ursula Hunt February 22, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Make it fun and don’t push too much fro it being correct at the beginning

  • Annabel Greaves February 22, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    My daughter loves drawing pictures, this encourages her to use pens and pencils, I also like her to write something next to her picture

  • Lucy Wright-Booth February 23, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I let my daughter choose some funky pens and pencils and she will sit for hours writing and drawing. She doesn’t really need any encouragement though!

  • Alison Johnson February 23, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    I bought an easel from ikea & my son would draw cars on it & I would get him to label the parts such as wheel, roof, etc.

  • Karen Barrett February 25, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Ellie has always loved to write, but since her Grandy renovated an old school type desk for her, her love of writing has increased

  • Richard R March 4, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Get them involved in a fun craft that involves some writing as part of it like making cards

  • Troy Easton March 4, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    use lined paper to help and also try using coloured pens to make it more fun when writing.

  • Hazel Rush March 7, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Find creative fun ways like let them write and draw in the condensation on your car window!

  • Anthea Holloway March 7, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Getting them to write their own stories always works in our house!

  • Iain maciver March 7, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    make it fun

  • Katerina Economides March 7, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Write a story together.

  • Catherine Gregory March 7, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Make it fun so different types of pens and colours

  • Gill Mitchell March 7, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Make it fun for them. Do a story where you both write a line each and they’ll write loads without realising!

  • Fiona jk42 March 7, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    My granddaughter has a daily diary in which she writes the day of the week, what the weather is like and another sentence about the day.

  • Catherine S March 8, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Prepare them for writing by encouraging them to draw pictures

  • MaureenM March 8, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Let them play at writing.Introduce zig zag patterns across the page from left to right, Make it fun!

  • Susan B March 8, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Go shopping with the child and get them to choose their favourite pens, pencils and paper. Say how much you are looking forward to seeing what they write and praise all efforts.

  • Sandra Fortune March 8, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Make it fun and lots of praise

  • Ken S March 8, 2020 at 9:45 am

    My son is left handed and he’s really struggling with writing. I encourage and praise him when he’s trying to write and back off when he’s getting frustrated with it. If it’s not fun anymore it’s time to stop.

  • claire woods March 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Getting them to do fun things that involve writing.

  • Dawn Samples March 8, 2020 at 11:52 am

    My son has just learnt to write and I have bought him lots of nice pencils and felt tip pens and paper to encourage him. I’m trying to stop him writing on the walls lol x

  • Priscilla Stubbs March 8, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Praise their efforts to encourage them to do more writing

  • Kim Neville March 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    let them choose some pens and paper to draw and write with

  • Laura Pritchard March 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    My kids love writing stories about our cat!

  • lynn neal March 8, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Little and often and make it lots of fun!

  • Angela Treadway March 8, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    make it fun and don’t make it so they feel pressured x

  • Rachel B March 8, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    I’m teaching my daughter to write at the moment. I find plenty of practice and fun pens to use.

  • JW March 8, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Ask them to write a story and never worry about spelling mistakes

  • Tee Simpson March 8, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    I would advise to use different textures. Let them write in soil, flour, with chalk,pens ect to make if more fun and sensory.

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