What is WooTape?
WooTape is the therapeutic handwriting tape that allows parents, teachers, and therapists to accommodate any worksheet or activity in the moment! Simply peel, tear, and apply the tape to any paper or surface. It comes in three different sizes, so you can accommodate each child as necessary.
This is so great for students who struggle with spatial awareness and letter size.
6 Ways to Use WooTape in the Classroom or Home
1) Support an early writer’s ability to properly size and place their name consistently
The name line may (or may not exist) on every worksheet a child receives. Regardless, the need to write their name on it will always be required. Children need to write their names on everything. After a while, they can scribble it down with their eyes closed. But without enough proper instruction and repetition, the monotony of it can become quick, meaningless, and often the most illegible writing on their paper.
When parents or teachers take the time to add the proper visual boundaries for children’s names on every paper (especially for early writers PK-1st grade), students get in the habit of proportioning the letters correctly. Instead, children sometimes aren’t provided any visual boundaries. This leaves them to guess how tall or wide to make them and helpless when required to spatially organize them.
To better support children, simply add WooTape to the name line to provide a topline and midline before copying worksheets.
2) Use WOOTAPE to adapt charts to improve sizing and spatial organization
There are countless academic tasks with worksheets that leave large open boxes/spaces to write in. Compare and contrast activities and graphic organizers are the worst culprits. Many times, the teacher requests that students provide a minimum of 3 examples. When children don’t have visual cues telling them how big to make their letters, they often struggle to make them fit.
Place WooTape on the chart and the child has clear expectations of where their ideas can be written.
3) Label pictures, crafts, or science activities neatly
WooTape is excellent for placing directly on children’s art projects. They can identify people in their pictures, give a title to their art piece, or label the parts of an insect or flower. These are tasks they are usually expected to do without proper visual supports. This can end up ruining the finished product because they end up writing all over the page.
Instead, provide them a small piece of WooTape where it is needed, so the child can keep the overall creation clean, organized, and legible.
4) Use WOOTAPE to support grasp development and wrist alignment by using on a vertical surface
WooTape is fantastic for placing on any flat surface. Because there is a slight tackiness on the back, it is easily removable from most surfaces without damage, making it the perfect handwriting intervention to place on walls, mirrors, windows, doors, or even under tables!
Working on a vertical surface is great for working on upper extremity strength, wrist stability, and pencil grasp.
Most walls have some sort of texture, so using WooTape on these surfaces provides lots of opportunities for tactile feedback.
(Disclaimer: when allowing your child to write on walls with WooTape, use a tool such as a pencil where it is easier to erase or wipe off)
5) Use it as a visual guide to improving cutting accuracy
Place any size WooTape on paper (preferably a thick cardstock or index card) and encourage the child to cut on the dashed line. If the child stays within the bolded sidelines, it is easy to track progress toward their cutting goal.
6) Wootape encourages fine motor skills and independence
Using tape has a lot of therapeutic benefits—fine motor skills to peel up the edge, bilateral coordination, and grading of force to unroll some but not too much tape. It also takes and strength and coordination to tear a piece off.
Many students are able to master these skills independently by the 2nd grade. This allows them to accommodate their own work without assistance from an adult. Now the teacher can support other students in the class, and the child’s success and confidence are boosted by adding some quick and straightforward visual boundaries, to consistently produce legible work.