DIY Handwriting Stencil Using a Milk Container

Are you working with a student who is having trouble with letter sizing and staying on the lines? Try making this handwriting stencil using a plastic, gallon, milk container.  The great things about the milk container are it is free, opaque and somewhat easy to cut.  The opaque part is essential so you can trace the lines to see where to cut it out and so that the student can see around the lines while he/she is writing.  It is easy to make quite a few of them so you can send them home with your students.

DIY Handwriting Stencil
Cut out a rectangle from the flat side of the recycled milk container.  Using one of the pages from the Handwriting Templates with Alphabet Guides, I placed the opaque rectangle over the highlighted lines and traced where I wanted to cut out the window for handwriting.  Using an exacto knife and scissors, I cut out the rectangle boxes to make the stencils.  That is all you need to do!

Now place the handwriting stencil over the lines and the student will have a tactile guide to help him/her with proper letter sizing.  Just move the stencil along as you write.  If you need to write below the line (ie letter g in dog) just slide the stencil down so that the top of the rectangle window is at the dotted line.  This will now provide a tactile cue at the bottom of the line for letters that fall below the line.

If the student needs more a visual and tactile cue, color the plastic stencil with sharpies to make it more visible as they are writing.  You could also create a stencil with rectangle boxes for making individual capital letters.


Read more ideas about inexpensive tactile cues on paper to help with handwriting skills.

Handwriting Templates with Alphabet Guides download includes various templates to encourage proper handwriting. The three types of font/layout includes: 1. Dotted line Zaner-Bloser® type font, 2. Double line Handwriting Without Tears® type font and 3. New South Wales (NSW) Foundation Manuscript. The templates include alphabet with arrow cues for letter formation, regular alphabets, go and stop lines on left and right side of paper, 3 different sized lines (large, medium and small), draw and write with alphabet, spelling lists with alphabet, highlighted papers and numbers with three different sizes of graph paper.  Find out more information