The Best Handwriting Worksheet Generator!

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We have been super busy here at Teach Starter trying to update and simplify our widgets!

Our handwriting widget has evolved! Initially, you had a small selection of different lines you could choose between, plus you were only able to download the handwriting worksheets in landscape view.

After feedback from our members, we decided to provide the option of choosing portrait or landscape. Handwriting lines have also been updated to ensure they are a lot more customisable, suiting the needs of most teachers.

In our updated version, you can even pick the colour of the text! For example, if you want your students to be able to trace over letters, you can now change the colour of the font to a light grey!

This blog will provide you with a step-by-step guide for how to create your own handwriting worksheets using our widget.

Wouldn’t it be grand to have the same lines and fonts for all of Australia?

We are starting a hashtag – #samefontsamelines, who’s in?

 

Step-by-Step Guidelines

Firstly, you need to head to our widgets section on our page. You can find them by going to our home feed and finding the widgets heading in the top menu bar.

By clicking on this, you will be taken to all of our amazing widgets you can use in the classroom.

Scroll down and find the Create Your Own Handwriting Sheets widget.

Teaching Widget Tools

Once you have selected the handwriting widget, you will see the below screen. The first section is where you type in the content you want on your handwriting sheet.

Tip: If you want a line left blank – simply enter down!

Handwriting Widget

Next, you need to pick your style of font, font colour and the lines that you would like on your handwriting worksheet.

For the lines, you have the options of solid, dashed and dotted, plus a variety of colour choices.

Handwriting Widget

When choosing the lines it is important to note that the third line is where the majority of the letters will sit. Therefore, if you want this line to be dashed or solid, you must select this for the third line option!

The image below may help:

Handwriting worksheet generator


Fonts and Lines

Each state in Australia uses different lines and fonts, in fact, we have discovered that fonts even vary between schools in the same state!

The below graphics are the main lines and fonts that are used in each state.

Below each image you will see what I have selected to get the desired lines and fonts!


ACT Lines and Font

ACT handwriting lines and fonts

  • School font – ACT Print or ACT Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth lines – Solid (blue)
  • Second line – Dashed (blue)
  • Third line – Dashed (blue)

NSW Lines and Font

NSW handwriting lines and font

  • School font – NSW Print or NSW Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth lines – Solid (blue)
  • Second line – Dashed (blue)
  • Third line – Dashed (blue)

WA Lines and Fonts

WA handwriting lines and fonts

  • School font – WA Print or WA Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth lines – Dashed (blue)
  • Second line – Dashed (blue)
  • Third line – Solid (blue)

QLD Lines and Fonts

QLD handwriting lines and fonts

  • School font – QLD Print or QLD Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth lines – Solid (red)
  • Second line – Solid (blue)
  • Third line – Solid (blue)

VIC Lines and Fonts

VIC handwriting lines and fonts

  • School font – VIC Print or VIC Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth Lines – Dashed (blue)
  • Second line – Dashed (blue)
  • Third line – Solid (blue)

Please note: Some teachers have requested that the top line is solid. To cater for all fonts and lines this is not possible in our handwriting widget. However, you can simply press enter in the text field. This will give you the below look for your handwriting sheet. A solid line for the first and fourth lines, dotted lines for the second and third lines with letters sitting on the fourth solid line.


TAS Lines and Fonts

TAS handwriting lines and fonts

  • School font – TAS Print or TAS Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth Lines – Solid (blue)
  • Second line – Dashed (blue)
  • Third line – Dashed (blue)

SA Lines and Fonts

SA handwriting lines and fonts

  • School font – SA Print or SA Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth Lines – Solid (blue)
  • Second line – Dashed (blue)
  • Third line – Dashed (blue)

NT Handwriting lines and fonts

  • School font – NT Print or NT Pre-cursive
  • First and fourth Lines – Dashed (blue)
  • Second line – Dashed (blue)
  • Third line – Solid (blue)

Cursive Fonts

Now I’m sure you are all wondering – why isn’t there cursive fonts in the handwriting worksheet generator? This is one request we receive almost weekly!

Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology to add Cursive fonts to Studio or Widgets, including the Handwriting Sheet Creator.

Cursive fonts contain certain contextual ligatures which link letters together. These require the font carry additional information (rules and logic) to determine when and where to add these cursive joins between letters. Programs like Microsoft Word are able to interpret this additional information into the correct joins, to form flowing cursive writing.

The fonts which Studio and Widgets use can’t handle this additional information, resulting in cursive fonts which do not have the correct joins. For this reason, we have not included cursive fonts.

As soon as the technology becomes available, we will certainly implement all school cursive fonts.

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  • Judy K
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    I’ve been using the widget for a long time. It’s the main way I teach all levels of handwriting. I like the updates about the widget. I have already been using grey for tracing and deliberately leaving a line. Great blog. I disagree that Tasmania sits the font on the dotted line. We teach that it sits on the solid blue baseline.

  • Nicholas Braybon
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    Hello! Any chance cursive will be added to this great widget?

  • Sarah Dawidowski
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    Hi there! I'm loving the new handwriting sheet generator. I am having a bit of a problem though - hopefully it's an easy fix? I want to change the writing for the children to trace so it is a lighter colour - however, I can't seem to select any other colour?? Please help?

    • Trish (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Sarah, thanks for reaching out! You'll need to manually enter in the hex code at the moment. for a light grey that can be traced over, that code is D3D3D3. We're looking to get that more user-friendly ASAP!

  • Corinne Josephs
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    Hi! Can I use this on a IWB ?

    • Bronwyn
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      Hi there, Corinne! You sure can! Just download as a PDF and display using your chosen software on your IWB, and you and your students will be able to draw or edit. Enjoy!

  • Paul (Teach Starter)
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    Hi Natasha, Thanks for getting in touch with us! Might I suggest that you make a new resource request? You can do so on our Requests page. https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/ Your fellow Teach Starter members can then vote for it and, if it proves popular, we would love to make it for you!

  • Shannon Sebek
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    hello for some reason when I am using the Victorian script my writing is no sitting on the bottom line it is sitting on the dotted line - any suggestions?

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi there Shannon, thanks for your comment - it can certainly get tricky when trying to get the handwriting lines and font where you want it for your state. I just gave the below a go and I believe I was able to get the writing on the 'bottom' line. School font – VIC Print or VIC Pre-cursive First and fourth Lines – Dashed (blue) Second line – Dashed (blue) Third line – Solid (blue) Also, just to note - some teachers have requested that the top line is solid. To cater for all fonts and lines this is not possible in our handwriting widget. However, you can simply press enter in the text field. This will give you the below look for your handwriting sheet. A solid line for the first and fourth lines, dotted lines for the second and third lines with letters sitting on the fourth solid line. If you have any further questions - please don't hesitate to email a screenshot to [email protected]

  • Jen Walker
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    A preview button would be awesome - saves having to download multiple times when I put too many letters to fit on a line.

    • Janeen
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      Hi Jen Thank you for your suggestion. We're always looking for ways we can improve our resources. Kind regards Janeen

  • Justina Shanahan
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    Direction arrows would be fantastic!

  • Paul (Teach Starter)
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    Hi Belinda, Thanks for your comment! We'll take a look at this and see what we can do. Don't forget to take a look at our Handwriting collection in the meantime. https://www.teachstarter.com/au/learning-area/english/writing/handwriting/

  • Belinda Ings
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    Is it possible to include direction arrows for the first few lowercase and uppercase letters to help correct the common handwriting/formation bad habits please?

  • Lara Altimira
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    How can i make the writing bigger with more space between the letters. They print out very cramped

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Lara, It's probably best to send us a screenshot of what you are having issues with to [email protected] so we can help you further.

  • Ashlee Delbridge
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    Is it possible to have the option of adding the handwriting cat at the beginning of each line?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Ashlee, Thank you for your comment! So we can keep all of our suggestions and requests together, can you please submit a change request to this resource using the Changes & Updates tab above? This tab can be found near the comments section. Thanks again!

  • Johnathan Clarke
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    is it possible to make this free to download for parents?

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)
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      Good morning Johnathan, and thank you for your question. Everything on the Teach Starter website is available on a free membership until the end of April 2020. Unfortunately, after that time, the parents would require a paid subscription to our site in order to access the Handwriting Generator and our other great widgets. Information about our plans can be found here: https://www.teachstarter.com/plans/ Have a wonderful day!

  • Emily Sutcliffe
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    Even though the example shows WA print sitting on the solid line, the final product has print on the first dotted thirds. Can this please be fixed.

    • Tom (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Emily, I just checked the widget and recreated the example from the blog post by setting the font and lines to the following. School font – WA Print First and fourth lines – Dashed (blue) Second line – Dashed (blue) Third line – Solid (blue) Please get in touch if you need further assistance. I am happy to help!

  • Alana Stewart
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    Can we have a NSW cursive font to ensure worksheets can be for upper primary. Teachstarter only has the one upper primary sheet available. I'm having to go elsewhere for more! I would love to use the widget to create my own.

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)
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      Hi there Alana. Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology to add Cursive fonts to Studio or Widgets, including the Handwriting Sheet Creator. Cursive fonts contain certain contextual ligatures which link letters together. These require the font carry additional information (rules and logic) to determine when and where to add these cursive joins between letters. Programs like Microsoft Word are able to interpret this additional information into the correct joins, to form flowing cursive writing. The fonts which Studio and Widgets use can’t handle this additional information, resulting in cursive fonts which do not have the correct joins. For this reason, we have not included cursive fonts. As soon as the technology becomes available, we will certainly implement all school cursive fonts. Our apologies for this inconvenience!

  • Andrea Doherty
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    Hi, I have noticed the letters are place on the first dotted line, however in WA we teach using the solid line as the base. Is their a way to edit where the letters are placed to support students in WA?

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Andrea, Absolutely! When using our handwriting widget you can pick and choose. The WA example in this blog has the letters on the solid line. If you follow the instructions featured under this image you should get what you're after. Please let me know if you need further information. As always, happy to help!

  • Sophie Yu
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    Do you have gadget to create dotted words for the students to trace please? Thanks!

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Sophie, Thanks for your feedback! Please feel free to request a resource at our 'Request a Resource' page. https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/ Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help.

  • Amy
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    Is NSW Cursive available?

    • Kristian
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      Hi Amy, Unfortunately, cursive is impossible for us to have in a handwriting generator. Take a look at the article below to explain why. https://support.teachstarter.com/en/articles/659846-why-can-t-i-use-cursive-fonts-in-studio-and-widgets If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don't hesitate to contact me.

  • Dana Mueller
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    Could you please provide the option for NSW cursive font.

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi there Dana, unfortunately, we can't provide cursive fonts at this stage. We explain the reasons in the last few paragraphs of this blog. Thanks for your comment!

  • Bec Greenhalgh
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    I loved the old paper with the cat head, body and tail and I can't seem to find it. Is it possible to also add this in as an option as it helps younger students to visualise where they need to put their letters? Thanks.

    • Kristian
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      Hi Bec, Thanks for your suggestion. Please feel free to request a resource here: https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/ Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community. We create the top request each week. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I'm more than happy to help.

  • Kym Busutel
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    Is there a function to make the letters dots/lines so they aren't tracing over solid letters?

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Kym, unfortunately not. However, you can make the colour of the letters grey in colour and your students can trace over these.

  • Sandra Uren
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    Hi, Is it possible to have a dotted font for this fabulous resource? I love it but would be even more useful if I could put spelling lists and other written tasks in and kids could trace over them...

    • Kristian
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      Hi Sandra, While you can't currently select dotted letters, you can change the colour of the letters to a faded grey which the students can use for tracing. Simply click the font colour box and find the shade of grey which best suits your needs. If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don't hesitate to contact me.

  • Bec Muller
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    Hi, I was wanting to send home some handwriting sheets as homework for a few students of mine to help support their handwriting growth. I have checked copyright laws and it says your worksheets cannot be distributed to parents who do not have a membership. Would sending home self-created sheets using this tool for homework be breaking your copyright? I want to double check before I do so. Thanks.

    • Kristian
      ·

      Hi Bec, Thanks for your question, I hope I can clarify some of the finer points for you. While we do say that you cannot distribute our resources to parents without a membership, you have every right to distribute homework sheets to your students. This would be the same situation where you hand out worksheets in the classroom. Technically the homework sheets would be for your students and not for their parents. We see no problem with this and are happy for you to send any sheets home for the students. Your account is for you and whatever you need for your class. If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don't hesitate to contact me.

  • Lyn Inglis
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    Hi any chance that you could add the dotted font for NSW so that students can trace?

    • Kristian
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      Hi Lyn, While you can't currently make the font dotted, you can change the font colour to a lighter grey for the students to trace over. Simply click the black box next to the #000000 number and select the colour you want from the colour palette. If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don't hesitate to contact me.

  • Samantha Jones
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    Hi, I am wondering if there is any way an added 5th line - a middle dashed line to match the Queensland Year 1 font lines could be added please?

    • Kristian
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      Hi Samantha, This option is currently in the works. We are always updating and improving the site and this has been a common request which we will definitely be adding in the not too distant future. Watch this space!

  • Maninder Bath
    ·

    How do I populate the handwriting widget with word lists saved in My Resources => Word Lists?

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Chris, please email [email protected] and our customer support officer will be more than happy to help out.

  • Laura Burgess
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    I'd really like to use this fantastic resource! However, I would also like to get the letters to sit on the 4th solid line and I've tried different state's font style, however they're sitting on the wrong line...What do I do? Thank you!

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Laura, Thanks for your comment. If you scroll up and look at the VIC handwriting lines - you'll find a guide about how to get your chosen font to sit on the solid line. It doesn't matter what font you pick but you need to make sure you follow the example. When you are in the handwriting generator you need to make sure you select the following: First and fourth lines – Solid Second line – Solid Third line – Solid If this isn' t what you are after, please email [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help you further. Kind regards, Holly

  • Hatice Caliskan
    ·

    Great post! Quick question, How do I get the letters to sit on the fourth solid line? Thank you!

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