Pre-Writing Program

What is Fun Strokes Pre-writing Program?

Fun Strokes Pre-writing Program

Imagine baking a cake without first learning how to properly use measuring cups. Without the precise ingredients, it’s highly unlikely your confection will match the photo in the cookbook. It’s the same way with handwriting. You can’t form the letter “A” correctly without precise diagonal and horizontal lines, yet today’s children are often being taught to write letters before ever mastering the prerequisites. Pre-writing strokes—lines, circles, and other simple shapes—form the foundation for letters, numbers, and illustrations. If taught to write without this critical foundation, children can develop bad habits, hard-to-read handwriting, and a distaste for writing—all of which can interfere with academic success. Pre-writing skills are the unsung hero to kindergarten success!

Fun Strokes is a readiness program that teaches children pre-writing strokes through playful and engaging activities. Children use magnets and drawing exercises to learn how to make simple lines and shapes—all while having fun! It’s a unique and entertaining way to equip young children with the crucial fine motor skills to achieve handwriting success in kindergarten and beyond.

How does Fun Strokes benefit children?

Fun Strokes is an innovative pre-writing program purposefully designed to address all facets of fine motor skill. The program was created for children of ALL abilities. The book provides valuable information regarding fine motor skill development and how to determine where a child falls on the developmental timeline. The magnets are used to teach children how to draw pre-writing strokes. They are designed for children to work on a vertical surface, such as an easel, whiteboard, or even your kitchen refrigerator.

Pre and Post Assessment of Fun Strokes Program Participant (Growth made in only 6 weeks)

Why is working on a vertical surface so important?

Working on a vertical surface benefits the child in so many ways:

• Develops strength and stability in the joints and muscles in the arm
• Encourages correct wrist position, which facilitates hand stabilization and correct pencil grasp
• Builds hand-eye coordination
• Builds core strength by engaging the muscles that connect our upper and lower body, which supports good upright posture
• Provides sensory input by allowing for movement and the ability to change position while standing or kneeling to work
• Develops spatial awareness as directional terms like up, down, and across are easier to understand when they are in relation to their own body
• Encourages visual attention because the child is working at eye level, which can be very helpful for children who struggle with looking at what they are doing

Fun Strokes Magnets

  • Non-toxic
  • Made in the USA
  • High Quality
  • Durable, 35 Mil
  • Dry erase surface can be used over and over
  • Eye catching vibrant colors


“The Fun Stokes program has worked wonders for my three-year-old grandson! After trying many different typical writing books, none of which seemed to be helping, I learned of the Fun Strokes book. This program emphasizes basic pre-writing skills, that my grandson was definitely missing, all in a very fun way. He actually enjoys Fun Strokes time! Fun Strokes is written in a way that makes it easy to teach. In just a short time my grandson has gone from just basically scribbling to being able to draw all of the age-appropriate strokes. He can even write several letters. We are so thankful we found this amazing program and can not recommend it enough!”

Tammy Stone, Grandmother

“Fun Strokes is hands down the best prewriting book EVER! It is SO much fun to use and the kids LOVE it! I have literally witnessed students who have such significant grasp pattern delays THRIVE when using Fun Strokes! Check it out! You won’t be disappointed!”

Ashley Viola, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

“Fun Strokes is a preschool multi-sensory approach to laying the groundwork of skills  that are necessary to develop mature visual motor perceptual integration skills as children progress through higher school grades. It is essential to take the time to build those necessary skills during preschool years to avoid that frequent complaint that teachers, therapists and parents always hear “I hate writing”. Writing is a wonderful communication venue that all children should love. Fun Strokes provides a simple program that any adult can easily use with children at home or in school to give them that first love of developing good writing habits with hands on magnetic manipulatives. Begin wonderful early exploration writing development with Fun Strokes”. 

Dr. Cynthia Normandia, Pediatric Occupational Therapist


Fun Strokes is designed for educational and informational use only for teachers, therapists and parents. It is not intended as medical advice or therapeutic treatment that would be provided in an individualized treatment plan. If you suspect a child has delays, please consult an occupational therapist.

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