Writing is good for your health. Experts agree that picking up the pen focusses the mind and improves mental wellbeing. Since man first drew on cave walls handwriting has been part of our intellectual evolution. Though the basic tools have evolved from finger to stick, quill to ballpoint pen, the same hand to eye coordination remains.
Can writing with pens make you smarter?
Whether you choose to graffiti the toilet door, deface a text book or write War And Peace with a quill, research says writing is up there with your five a day. Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer revealed that students who write out their notes on pen and paper may take longer than those who type them but understand and retain more lecture material. The research reveals that manual note-taking keeps your engaged. How many times have you stopped a task when your phone rings, buzzes or the need to shop clicks in?
The pen is mightier than the keyboard
If you’re wondering whether to buy your child a notebook and pen, the Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking
research reviewed three separate studies.
It revealed that students taking notes on laptops demonstrated lower results with conceptual questions compared to students who took notes with a pen and paper. Laptop note takers’ often take too many notes rather than processing information and reframing it in their own written words.
Colouring books reduce stress, especially in adults
Adult colouring books are pitched as a stress management tactic. The Mindful organisation
discuss how colouring and handwriting can both focus and relax the mind. They believe that handwriting stimulates the brain in ways that typing simply does not. It can also be considered a meditative practice. With colouring books starting at £2 a pop and a promotional pen
emblazoned with the reminder ‘More white paper, less blue screen’ pen could be the route to Zen.
Finger tips for parents to get the kids writing
Here’s a collection of top finger tips that are commonly regarded as great ways to get your child’s handwriting up to speed.
• Pencil grasp. Like many handwriting advocates, Actually Mummy sees pencil grasp
as a good habit that needs to be set in stone when young, focussing on the grip and positions for each finger. Good practise makes perfect.
• Slow down. Kids Health have noted that slowing down
can help pen control and result in less mistakes.
• The right tools. A bad workmen blames his tools but Scholastic explain that kids need the right size of pen
in order to get confident with writing, try shorter or smaller sizes for little hands.
• Making shapes. The National Handwriting Association believe that making patterns with pens
and pencils helps teach movement.
• Draw with your fingers. Hand to eye coordination takes practise, using your fingers
to follow shapes on a misted-up mirror or tracing around objects helps.