We use mazes! Of course if your kids do not enjoy doing mazes then this will not help at all, but for those who do like to tackle a maze now and again this might be right up your alley!
There isn't any particular maze book that works better than others. Just grab a book that has mazes in them and go to it! I do try to gather books that have mazes geared towards different levels.
I also try to pick books on different subjects so that they have other interesting facts and ideas seeping into their little brains while they work.
|Space Mazes by Roger Moreau|
|Pirate Mazes by Don Oliver Matthies|
|Sea Creatures by Tony and Tony Tallarico & Paul Woodruff|
And last, but not least a maze book that is perfect for beginners.
Most workbooks we have seen and painfully used in the past have had very monotonous warm up drills in the beginning of each lesson. Usually it was just the same motion over and over. It was either an up and down stroke with the pencil, or circular motion etc. This just did not work well for my kids, so we resort to mazes. They work on staying in the lines, moving their hand in winding, twisting motions, and they have fun while doing it. As they advance in their writing skills they use more difficult mazes. It's a fun way to warm up to writing. P.S. I don't tell them it's a warm up. I just put the books on the table and start working on a maze myself. They usually jump right in and grab a book for themselves. They don't have to do a maze or even warm up if they don't want to, but 9 out of 10 times they will because they have fun doing it.