Print Handwriting

(Click on the titles for your downloads)

Print Handwriting Charts

full-page print charts.  We laminate these charts and write over the letters with whiteboard markers.

Lower case print letters with arrows, numbers & cat

*Upper case print letters with arrows, numbers & cat

* Number with arrows, numbers & cat

  • It is easy to clean or correct.  Just wipe away any mistakes ~ non-threatening for beginners
  • It makes a clear line over the chart. They don’t have to press hard ~ great for weak hand muscles
  • It is quick and easy to use.  Lessons last a mere 10 minutes.
  • The child can see where the letter ‘sits’ with the ‘head’, ‘body’ and ‘leg’ in the margin
  • No need for books, exercises, pages and patterns.
  • The letters are learnt in alphabetic order.
  • Once the child has mastered the letter formation, he writes spelling words, dictation and copywork on whiteboards or with pencil on notebooking  pages.

Important Downloads~

Teaching Print step-by-step booklet

Here’s a 5 page booklet with detailed step-by-step instructions to teach children the basic shapes, place and formation of each letter using the laminated charts.  Filled with practical tips and great ideas to make it simple and fun!

Examples of how to talk through each letter shape:

  • a – start a curly ‘c’, go all the way round, slide up to the top body line, slide down to the body line
  • b – start a back on the top head line, slide straight down to the body line, slide up to the top of the body line, now draw a ball touching the body lines

Handwriting Tips Booklet ~

A comprehensive 21 page booklet with pre-writing activities, physical games, therapy ideas and strategies for teaching handwriting  – (Read the overview of this booklet here)

Here’s a short excerpt:

Finger fitness

Occupational therapists recommend these games and activities to strengthen finger muscles:

  • Tearing paper — tear strips into little blocks, then glued these pieces to cover a letter shape
  • Playing with play dough — rolling, pinching, pulling
  • Peg games — use coloured plastic pegs and place pegs around containers.
  • Finger action songs like “5 little fish went swimming one day …”, “Tommy Thumb, Tommy Thumb where are you?”, “Twinkle, twinkle little star …”
  • Playing with rubber bands on peg boards, peg boards and little pins, playing with an assortment of nuts and bolts screwing them closed and opening them

Primary lines red&blue  ~

I’ve made simple pages with red, blue and a dotted grey lines,  spaced for a size 30 font (really nice and large).  Why don’t you go ahead and download it  ~ and print out about 20 or so and keep them in your file.  (This lined page is ideal for beginner cursive writers too.) It includes a narrower lined page for more advanced writers.

Primary Lines Black&dot ~

Simple black lines with dotted middle lines for more mature writers

Pop over to my Copywork Pages for more free downloads for your children’s copywork.

Also have a look at my other handwriting posts: 

I hope these tips help!  :)

You are welcome to download these pages for your own personal use. I humbly ask that you please share the link back to my site rather than give the files away.  And of course, none of these pages are for you to sell!  

I’d love to hear from you ~  if you have enjoyed a download, need advice or just wish to contact me, please feel free to write a private email in the contact form on About Me.


16 thoughts on “Print Handwriting

  1. I am absolutely loving the resources you’ve created here on your blog. Can I ask what program(s) you use to make them?

    Also, I’m not seeing the link for the 16-page booklet for handwriting tips. It’s probably staring me in the face, but could you point it out for me, anyway? :) Ah-ha! I found it by clicking on the preview book and there it was! :)

  2. Hi Nadene
    My daughter is now in Gr 1 and is learning to write – exactly as in your “print” example above. I need to make flashcards with her words and numbers, but simply cannot seem to find a font to download that makes an “a”, “y”, “g” and “9” the way it shows in your example. Can you PLEASE give me a link or website and the font you use to create your laminated charts? I am desperate – have searched for hours through 100’s of fonts, but just cannot seem to find a font with the right combination as it is taught to our children in school.
    Thank you very much. Regards, Janie

    • @Janie, My school print font is not commercially available. I, too, have spent ages looking for the right fonts. Here are some I found that match up pretty well from free font sites such as, and
      I love “Lane Narrow Light” a free font group – just the ‘t’ and ‘q’ aren’t quite right.
      I use “Lilly” a lot because it is really clear and upright.
      “National Primary” is good – a little narrow.
      “Teen Light” is also neat, but has rather squat letters.
      Lastly “Walkway Oblique” has good style, but it is leaning forward.
      I also found these 15 Beautiful Free Fonts – take a look! Hope this helps!

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  4. I have found your site very friendly. I have to say that it need not only be for home based teaching, but for mainstream teaching as well thanx for the lovely ideas

  5. Dear Nadine, I love this post. I did the same thing with my children 20 years ago. It made me so happy to read your post that I’m printing up your booklets, etc., because someday I’ll be a grandmother. I’ve lost the laminated booklet we made, but I can make another.

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  9. Thank you, thank you! I have been looking for exactly this kind of thing! I am a teacher, but I taught third and fourth grade mainly, so I was focused on cursive. Now I am starting to teach my daughter printing and I realized I don’t remember all the “how to’s” of teaching printing! Thank you for making your resources available for us. :o)

  10. I have been scouring the net for help with copy work for the early grades. I think I have struck gold and in my own country, too. I live in KwaZulu Natal and I am so pleased to have found your site. Thank you so much. The handwriting book I bought my 6 yr old is boring us both to death and I was looking for another way to approach handwriting and quickly move to copywork.

    My almost 5 year old has been watching her big sister and is very keen to write. She has quite good fine motor skills for her age. I have given her a few lessons and given her a practice book just to keep her happy. Any reason why I shouldn’t start her with the laminated charts and copywork straight away?

    • Hello and welcome @Donne! I’m persuaded to follow my child’s lead and enthusiasm, so I would certainly gently introduce the laminated charts to a keen, but young child, but I would approach it gradually, talking through each letter’s name, shape and placement. If she’s enthusiastic, she may surprise you how quickly she may learn to write. When kids are ready, they fly!
      Hope that your son enjoys quick, simple handwriting lessons with these charts and goes on to enjoy short copywork passages! Blessings!

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