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To work on pencil control, I created some Pencil Adventures.  When I started making the pencil adventures, I was inspired by the pencil obstacle courses that were created by another Occupational Therapist, Jennifer Dodge.  I now have her obstacle courses available here on Therapy Fun Zone, and I am so excited about it.  These ones are hand drawn, and are very creative.  Some of them work on erasing skills as well as writing skills.  There are 13 different obstacle courses to work on accuracy with a pencil while making all different shapes.  Two of these target speed as well.

obstacle course1I think that the creativity in these ones are  great, and make them very fun.  I hate to say it, but they are probably better than mine (although I wish I could digitize them and add color because I am a bit obsessed with that).

The obstacle courses include:

Pencil Control

  • Amusement Park:  Stay in paths, loops, x’s, copy words, visual scanning
  • Explore the ancient cave ruins:  Stay in paths, color in a space, write words in
    abc order
  • Circus:  Stay in paths, lots of loops
  • Mars:  Stay in path, plan out a path, write initials
  • Day at the un-races:  Slow down while tracing
  • Time Warp:  Stay in paths, X’s inside circles
  • Jungle:  Slow down, speed up: compare which was more accurate. Draw clock hands
  • Pirates:  Stay in path, retrace, count & make X’s
  • Playground:  “Lazy 8’s” – good bilateral/diagonal practice, Stay in paths
  • Skateboard:  Stay in paths, controlled circles, in-hand rotation, drawing


  • Berserk Robot:  Fairly easy cutting across a page, with curves
  • Fabulous Art:  Much more difficulty cutting spiraling in from edge to center of


  • Dragon’s Maze:  Stay in paths, erase completely

obstacle course 2

These obstacle courses are very creative and fun to use.  You can order them as a digital download, or as a cd with the files on it.




  • Fine Motor
  • handwriting,
  • visual perception
  • fine motor precision
  • scissor cutting


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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.
2 replies
  1. Katie
    Katie says:

    I have a 5th grade student that let me know that he hates to read because the letters move when reading.
    Can you suggest any materials/provide a sample so I can see if these work before I purchase?
    Should I request an OT evaluation?


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