Family Time Calendar: Creative Handwriting

John Hancock boldly signed his name on the Declaration of Independence in such large script that no one could miss it. It's no coincidence that National Handwriting Day is observed on Hancock's birthday, which is today.

Penmanship is not usually thought of as a fun and crafty activity. But provide kids with a bunch of colorful markers -- fine point and calligraphy felt tips -- and let them try some of the following fun techniques!

What you'll need:
Assorted scrapbooking markers with "fine point," "writer" and "calligraphy" tips (ZIG Memory System markers come in a wide range of colors)
Paper (lined or unlined)

What you'll do:
Show the kids how to make...
Dot Letters: Use the 0.5 mm tip on a Writer marker to make simple letters. Then use the 1.2 mm tip on the same marker to add a bold "dot" whenever your marker lifts off the paper. For fun, use a different color marker for the dots.
Calligraphy Letters: Experiment with holding the tip of calligraphy markers at a slant to mimic the look of calligraphy.
Balloon Letters: Use a pencil to lightly create letters. Use a marker to outline the penciled letters with curved edges. Erase the pencil guidelines, then fill in the "balloon" letters with stripes, dots or other designs.
Stitched Letters: Form letters with tiny dashes -- it will look like they are sewn onto the page!
Wiggle or Zigzag Letters: Form letters using wiggly or zigzag lines. You can also create letters with a regular tip and then outline them in wiggly or zigzag lines.

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