Writing Charms re-visited

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I have been using my writing charms to get kids to work on stabilizing their hand when writing, and I wanted them to hold something a bit bigger than the cap erasers that I had on the original writing charms.  I came across this cool stretchy string, and attached it to a squishy toy , and made the perfect writing charm.

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They are for sale in the shop, or you can make your own.

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I cut the stretchy string into 4 or 5 segments, and poked a hole in one end.  Then I took the stretchy toy and poked a hole in the center of it.  Finally, I pushed the piece of stretchy string through the little hole in the toy.

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This is a great solution, and the squishiness of the toy makes you want to close your fingers around it.  It can take practice to get a student to hold it while writing, but once they get used to it and it becomes a habit, it can really help the student’s pencil control.



  • handwriting
  • fine motor
  • hand dexterity


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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.


  1. Great idea. I would imagine the squishy toy is more motivating than the eraser. I have seen those stretchy strings at some dollar stores.

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