Pick Up Your Pens & Pencils, It’s National Handwriting Day!
Celebrated January 23rd, this day coincides with the birthday of John Hancock, a Founding Father of our nation, the first to sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and famously known for his penmanship and signature. National Handwriting Day is a great opportunity to craft a letter to a friend or penpal, write down a cherished family recipe with your kids, draft the next great American novel, or practice your A-B-C’s.
Writing by hand is a physical act that improves fine motor skills and cognitive processes in younger learners, and serves as an exercise in creativity for older children when they take the time to write stories or explore the world of text-based art like calligraphy. With the personality of every writer embedded into each hand-written word, this old school style of communication is as unique as it is personal.
Learn more about the value of handwriting and penmanship, and try out some fun activities and games with the resources below.