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The Best Free Fonts to use with Beginning Writers

Posted on October 1, 2015 11 Comments

Over the years I’ve created and printed lots of things for my own kids and I’ve also created lots of free printables for preschoolers and beginning readers and writers. I am often asked which fonts are good to use with beginning writers, so today I’m going to share some of the best.

I am not an expert on teaching handwriting, and I know that kids will be exposed to a wide variety of fonts and writing, but I tend to stick to simple, clear, fonts, in a basic printed style when creating something for my kids and others.

I look for fonts without any fancy or irregular letters (I especially look at the a and g), and without any flourishes or extras. I also look for fonts with good spacing and height, and fonts that have both upper and lowercase letters.

It’s important to remember that many states and/or school districts will have a specific type of handwriting style that they teach their students, so if it’s important to you to start your child off with the same style, then check with the school first.

There are loads of great free fonts out there that are clear, and easy for beginners to read, write, and copy. Here are a few of my favourites.

Ten free fonts to use with beginning writers - perfect for reading, writing and print-outs

Ten Free Fonts to use with Beginning Writers.

Note – When I create my printables I only use commercial use fonts (I’ve marked these with a (C)) but for personal use at home any free font is fine.

Here are some ideas, activities, and free printables, featuring these fonts:

Word Drawing - an easy art and literacy activity for kids

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Great round up! When I get back in the classroom I will definitely put these to good use. :)

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Confused about #4

I want the penmanship lines to show up when I hit space, however they do not. Is there a font where I can type a word with penmanship lines, such as ‘kite’ and then make spaces so the penmanship lines still show up?

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Both KG Primary Penmanship and primary dots fonts come with options for the lines to show up in the spaces, you just need to make sure you are choosing the right font.

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I require dotted fonts on four lines rather than three. Can you help in this matter?

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Any fonts with a starting star and/or combined with directional arrows?

Reduces the need for teachers assistance.

I don’t know of any good free ones that have a starting point and arrows, but you might find what you are looking for on Teachers Pay Teachers

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Are these fonts free for use in commercial work as long as you are given credit? :)

You will need to check the terms of use for each individual font if you want to use them for commercial use. Different fonts can be used for different things with different requirements, so you need to check each one individually.

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Thank you so much for sharing your font finds!

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I’m sorry I have not seen any fonts with four lines, dotted thirds is the standard for many curriculums which is why it is so common.

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The Best Free Handwriting Font for Kindergarten

By Leslie Simpson · About 6 minutes to read this article.

When we teach handwriting or how to form letters in kindergarten - it's easy to focus on the wrong things.

Let me help you teach handwriting more simply with the best handwriting font for kindergarten .

best handwriting font for beginners

In kindergarten, teaching handwriting is super simple.

Think that's a loaded statement? I'll break it down and show you what I mean and then I'll teach you how to use the best handwriting font to your advantage.

And the neat part -- you can pretty much kiss those handwriting books and stacks of worksheets goodbye .

Why it works

Here is a free font that I created just for kindergarten. I used it mainly to teach how to form the letters.

It's unique since it shows students where to start their handwriting strokes and gives them a pathway to trace within instead of a dotted line to trace on top of.

Teach handwriting of lowercase letters in kindergarten

There is a dot to show students where to start.

If there is more than one stroke (they have to lift their pencil off the paper) then there is more than one dot.

Think of it like driving - they have to stay within the boundaries of the road. Don't drive on the grass!

Here are some introducing letter strokes posters and worksheets that cover the basics made with this style of font.

So many letters are formed similarly it makes grouping them together easy.

The Best Handwriting Free Font for Kindergarten

This font is the best for teaching students how to properly write their names (check out this name sheet ).

I'd consider it a tracing font that will remind you of a Handwriting Without Tears style based on the fact that the letters show beginning dots.

Want to download this font to use in your classroom?

[terms of use - personal use only]   [How to Install a Font]

Now, if that simple font combined with understanding how letters are formed doesn't make handwriting easy... then we may just not understand what handwriting is in kindergarten.

Let me explain.

Handwriting in kindergarten

What it isn't.

Let me start with sharing what I think handwriting in kindergarten isn't. I start here because I said earlier it's easy to focus on the wrong things.

And I don't care if you don't agree - or the handwriting curriculum company doesn't agree. I'm the one who has to teach it to these young people - a skill they will use for their ENTIRE life. How I teach this - matters.

Plus, I learned from personal experience how easy it is to over-work this area of the curriculum and make some kids hate school "work." {sigh}

So, now I've cleared up what handwriting isn't - let me share the simple beauty in what it is in kindergarten.

learn to write font

Handwriting is teaching kids how to form letters with correct directions of pencil strokes so it leads to writing letters fluidly now and later in life.

It's about the formation.

The cool thing is that it helps strengthen writers in kindergarten when they are ready to write with letter strings, phonetically spelled words, sight words and more.

What is developmentally appropriate

I've got an opinion about what is developmentally appropriate for 5-6-year-olds in regard to handwriting. Here's my list:

If we take all that is appropriate about handwriting in kindergarten - then our instruction becomes pretty simple.

Ways to use this font

Let's put that together and make it work for you with this handy-dandy new font you're armed with now.

To support them in learning those strokes - give students a visual starting place. This way they will know where to form the letters until it comes naturally - and it will!

The beauty in this handwriting font is that it has the starting dots to support teaching those strokes.

It is the most simple and yet effective tweak to teaching handwriting. It's not designed to use forever - it's a tool to support them until they do it on their own .

When they know where to start - creating or following the path to form the letter becomes simplified and routine.

teach how to form letters by strokes

Remember I said earlier you could pretty much ditch the handwriting curriculum and worksheets? Well, that doesn't mean this will teach itself.

Students still need to practice - but they won't need to practice in the same traditional ways we've come to learn as "handwriting."

I did use a small set of "worksheets."

Name handwriting worksheet for kindergarten for tracing

Let me list them for you. We practiced:

And we even worked on forming letters using playdough work cards in the playdough literacy center .

Playdough Handwriting Letter Formation Cards (with starting dots) for Kindergarten

Then the rest was all application and helping students whenever they were writing as needed.

But, you know, we already do that naturally.

When handwriting isn't a separate thing and just part of "how we write" then you're using your time and talents as the teacher most effectively.

I hope this free tracing font and understanding how to teach forming letters by their strokes can help you teach your best.

Want this font without the starting dots? Then grab this handwriting outline font for your teaching arsenal.

Let's continue breaking this down and find out how to teach handwriting in kindergarten .

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About Leslie Simpson

Leslie is the teacher behind KindergartenWorks . She believes in teaching kinders how to be pretty incredible along with teaching them to read, write and think for themselves. She enjoys drinking hot tea, making mud pies with her three kids and sharing what she's learned with teachers.

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Mrs. Cook says

December 11, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Do you have a link for the little video that shows in the corner ? Your voice saying the stokes as you form the letters ? It's perfect.

Leslie Simpson says

December 21, 2022 at 2:07 pm

I sure do! You can see the entire video here: https://www.kindergartenworks.com/kindergarten-teaching-ideas/breaking-handwriting-down/#songs

Hayden Vick says

November 03, 2022 at 2:07 pm

Hi Leslie - could you add a new link to download starting dots? The one embedded on your post is not expanding from the zip file when downloaded. Thanks for this awesome font!

Hannah says

June 01, 2022 at 7:11 pm

I found that opening it in Safari helped for those who are mac users. When I opened in chrome the file wouldn't open. 😀 Love the font and the tips on this website! 😀

Nick Eubank says

August 31, 2022 at 10:00 am

Huh! Same issue. Thanks. Looks like there's a dropbox re-direct that safari handles well but chrome doesn't.

September 27, 2021 at 8:57 pm

I'm unable to download this font. I get to the install font button on font book (Mac user), the screen flickers a few times, but does not install. Tried multiple times on 2 browsers. Any advice?

August 06, 2021 at 2:33 am

hi Leslie, your zipped file cannot be unzipped, it says there's an error with the file format.

August 08, 2021 at 7:46 pm

You might want to give it another try - sometimes computers can just be finicky. You could also try another browser or device to see if that helps. Right next to the download button there is also a link to more troubleshooting help. - Leslie

August 20, 2021 at 4:29 pm

Hi! I had the same problem. I checked the FAQ and the fonts file just cannot be opened it says "inappropriate file type or format".

August 20, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Me again! I have solved the problem! I am a MAC user and the download worked from Safari NOT Chrome. Thank you!

August 20, 2021 at 7:36 pm

Thanks for sharing your solution Avery - wouldn't it be nice if all technology played nicely together? 😉 Hopefully this can help someone else in the same boat. - Leslie

April 25, 2020 at 9:03 am

Megan - you were so right! I literally just made some changes to that download button the day before and acidentally copied the wrong download URL. My apologies. It's working and available now. Thanks, Leslie

Natalie says

March 25, 2020 at 2:49 pm

I love love love this font for teaching formation. I would love to use it with some kids who have learned most of their letters with proper formation and are ready to begin working on line placement and letter sizing while continuing to practice tricky letters. The only problem with this is that the small letters, fall letters, and tall letters are not proportional (For example, the small letters are 2/3 the size of the tall letters, the falling letters don't fall enough to go under any sort of line I could add. I have tried taking screenshots of letters and resizing them to get the heights I am looking for, but then it looks awful. Is there any chance you might consider making the outline font with more accurate letter sizes? I am sure that is a lot to ask for, but I thought I would try since otherwise I will need to find a way to create something along these lines myself and I have not been very successful in my past font creation attempts). Thank you again so much for this wonderful font!

March 27, 2020 at 4:49 pm

I have now made outlines of the letters but would love any advice you might be able to offer with regards to creating a font! Last time I made letters that looked great, tried to make a font, and then all the letters were on top of each other with no spacing whatsoever lol. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

March 28, 2020 at 9:33 am

I think there is a good font-making app you can find in the app store! It's worth checking into because it would make the process easier. - Leslie

Ana Rodriguez says

February 29, 2020 at 10:10 am

Oh, how I wish I had found you sooner. You are incredibly talented st what you do! Thanks for sharing your gifts!

Jordan says

December 01, 2019 at 6:14 pm

This is extremely helpful and my preschool kid really likes it.

Is one or two strokes used for these letters: 'a', 'd', 'g', 'p', 'b'. 'q' ? The mechanics are different in the 'Rainbow Book' vs the 'Outline' font. The 'Rainbow Book' has two dots suggesting two strokes. The 'Outline' font only has one dot suggesting it is 1 stroke.

December 03, 2019 at 8:12 pm

Glad to hear that Jordan. The letters you listed - I teach them all to have one stroke. I understand that it is different, but the rainbow book was also made by someone else so that accounts for the differences. I also couldn't make multiple dots in the font (because fonts can't have multiple colors) so that kinda explains another difference you'll see between the two, but with perhaps other letters. I teach one smooth stroke because it lends itself to cursive later on! - Leslie

March 13, 2019 at 7:23 am

I am trying to install the font but my computer keeps saying it "isn't a valid font." Help!!

Leslie @KindergartenWorks says

March 13, 2019 at 11:08 am

Hi Kim - no problem.

If you download the entire zipped folder, then you'll need to unzip it first. You can see how to do that here: https://www.kindergartenworks.com/zipped-files-explained/ . Then you'll just want to install the .ttf file in your font folder. 😉 If you try to install the whole folder you downloaded, it can't install the terms of use pdf too, which is why it gives the "not a valid font" error.

Thanks! I hope you get a lot of great use out of it. - Leslie

March 09, 2019 at 9:51 am

I'm having trouble with the Starting Dots link taking me to Dropbox -- from there into an infinite loop with opening a pdf. I can't seem to download it no matter what I do! I love your fonts and have never run into this before. Any suggestions? Thanks

March 09, 2019 at 8:40 pm

Hi Katie, Don't click on the file to see what's inside 😉 Okay - so click on the link in the post and then go directly to the "Download" button (next to the blue "sign in" button) and select "direct download." I hope that can help! Thanks, Leslie

Karla Johnson says

August 06, 2013 at 1:31 am

I think you should make a tshirt from your "I teach kinders how to...." at the bottom of your blog page. I would snap it up in a minute!!!

August 06, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Thanks Karla - what a fun idea! - Leslie

Angela says

April 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I found you via Freebie Friday at TBA. LOVE your fonts, especially New Fringe ! I'm a fontaholic! Thanks for generously sharing them! Downloaded and already installed <3

April 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Thanks Angela! I'm right with you and the fontaholic-itis syndrome 😉 - Leslie

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Hand Lettering Guide – How to master handwritten fonts step by step

Hand Lettering Guide

This is the most basic guide to start hand lettering. It’s all you need if you want to learn lettering with a normal pen (pencil, pointball pen, fineliner, felt-tip pen).

In this guide I will use a pencil to show you every step. If you learn and practice the basics of this tutorial, every other lettering technique will be way easier to master!

What is hand lettering?

Basically hand lettering means that you stop writing your letters or words as a whole. Yes, you read right. No more writing. It’s called drawing from now on. You will draw every single line of a letter.

Thinking in strokes for hand lettering

Sooner or later you will start thinking in strokes .

Don’t mix up hand lettering with brush lettering.

Brush lettering definitely is part of hand lettering – but it makes use of special pens (brush pens) to create strokes with different widths.

Hand lettering allows you to use any pen. With your pen you will be able to draw monoline letters, block letters, elegant flourishes and even imitate brush letterings or real calligraphy.

About the pens

As I told you before you can use any normal pen (fixed width) to start hand lettering.

Some pens with a fixed width

The most handy pen is a simple pencil. It’s the ultimate tool you will always need (even when you will use other pens later on). Futhermore it is erasable. If you make a mistake you simply erase the unwanted line with a rubber.

Your pencil should not be too hard or too soft. I like to work with HB till 2B. Don’t worry about that too much at the beginning. Just start with the pencil you have at home.

Additional tools

The minimum things you need are a pencil and some paper. But there are some more very useful tools, which will help you to start hand lettering.

Some hand lettering tools which are very helpful

When you have everything together we can start! Let’s letter!

Basic strokes

It makes very much sense to start with some basic strokes first. They will help you to get a feeling for your tools and you will recognize these strokes later on.

If you learned to write in longhand at school you will probably have the right feeling already. If not – no problem. We are doing it step by step.

Try to create the following lines using your pencil. Pressure does not really matter – but the direction does. Learning to draw these lines in the right directions will make it easier to learn brush lettering later on for you.

Basic strokes you need to learn

These basic strokes will always accompany you from now on. Practice them over and over again!

Drawing your first letters

Okay, now you know the basic strokes. Let’s have a look at full letters! Every letter consists of one or more strokes. Putting them together creates a letter. Think of them line by line.

Drawing letters line by line

You can do this with every other letter, too. I created a simple worksheet for you, so you can practice the whole alphabet.

The lower case letters are easier to learn, because their overall size is smaller. Longer lines are always harder to draw.

So you should start with the lower case letters and once that works you can move on to the captials.

Connecting letters

The next step is to connect all these single letters to words. Sounds easy, but theres one important thing to keep in mind: The transitions between the letters.

Connections on the baseline

When drawing words you always have to think of the next letter (or the first stroke of it) in order to draw the right transition.

The majority of the letters are connected on the baseline.

But watch out for letters which do not end on the baseline! Letters like “o”, “r,” “v” and “w” end on the median (x-height). These letters have to be connected on the median – otherwise you won’t recognize them anymore.

Connections on the median

On the other hand there are letters which start on the median. When drawing them you have to keep in mind that the transition from the last letter has to end on the median, too. That’s the case for “r”, “v”, “w”, “x” and “z”.

Letters which start on the median

Last but not least there are some letters which end below the baseline. If you want to connect these letters to the next letters properly you have to make the line end on the baseline again. This happens to the letters “f”, “g”, “j”, “p”, “q”, “y”, and “z”.

Connection from under the baseline to the the next letter

There a multiple styles for some letters which may have other start and endpoints (for example for the “r”, “s” or “z”)!

Hint: It’s not always necessary to connect every letter. Sometimes it’s okay to have some gaps. The overall appearance has to be harmonic.

It’s your task to get creative when drawing letters and connections. You just have to keep in mind that the letters should stay readable. If you would connect an “o” to a “v” on the baseline it would look like an “u”. We don’t want that!

Drawing words

Now you know how to connect letters. Let’s start drawing our first words. There are some typical (lowercase) words, which are perfect for learning hand lettering. These words consist of letters which are easy to draw and connect.

Good words for practising hand lettering are “menu”, “minimum” or “millennium”.

Try to draw these words. Think of them line by line, keep in mind the connection and you will realize that special flow these words have.

If you succeed with your pencil try it with other pens, too.

Good words to practice hand lettering

Draw your favorite words

Start drawing your favorite words! Practice hand lettering as ofter as possible. You can also use your name, the name of your pet or any other words around you.

Write some words you like

If you don’t know what to write next, have a look at my list of lettering quotes . I’m sure you will find some nice words you want to draw there.

Lettering multiple words

The next challenge is to draw multiple words or even sentences using your hand lettering style. Try to keep the same look on every letter and word to create an impressive lettering.

Drawing multiple words

When it comes to multiple words the layout of your lettering starts to matter, too. If you want to learn more about lettering layouts you should have a look on my lettering layouts tutorial.

Adding flourishes

Once you mastered the basic strokes and words you may think about adding some flourishes. They make your hand letterings looks very elegant and exclusive.

Add some flourishes

Hand lettering styles

Try different lettering styles

You don’t have to draw cursive fonts all the time. Every font style can be drawn with your pencil. Try some block letters or serifs, too. Furthermore you can use techniques like the Faux Calligraphy to fake the look of a brush pen.


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67 Free Fonts for Teachers

Fonts play a big role in creating classroom worksheets, activities and many teachers love making their own.

Here are 67 free fonts  that were created by teachers and will help make your classroom activities bright, whimsical and add just the right touch.

67 Free Fonts for Teachers

Let’s break down the free fonts by type so you can find what you’re looking for and I’ll share a tutorial link at the end in case you want to install them and haven’t done so before.

Print/handwriting friendly fonts

These fonts are great for giving directions or using as your main text font.

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1.  Print Dots – This dotted font is great for handwriting and tracing. Create your own free worksheets using these dotted letters and numbers.

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2.  Ashley  – A handwritten font that is very friendly for teachers and students of all ages. It’s a pretty thick font and features the classic stick and ball formation for letters.

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3.  Pinwheel  – This outline font is friendly for making title and letters that you want students to be able to color in. Features the fancy and has that handwritten look.

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4.  Doodle Print  – I really like the stylish uppercase of this font and the strightness of the vertical lines. It’s a classic font style and very friendly for younger readers.

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5.  Recess  – A thicker version of the doodle print font above and also is more modern in the style. This font’s uppercase is definitely it’s strongest piece and very uniform in size.

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6. Starting Dots  – This font is designed to help beginning writers know where to start their basic strokes when forming letters. Great for creating handwriting worksheets and tools.

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7.  Script  – This thin tipped font will make a great font for upper grades. The look is classic formation for the alphabet written in cursive. It’s probably best used for practicing separate letters rather then putting them together in words, but beautiful letters separately.

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8.  Princess Print  – This font has thin lettering and thicker numbers. The edges are rounded which gives it a softer feel.

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9.  What  – This thicker font features wide letters and numbers. The lowercase letters start high, giving this a modern handwritten feeling.

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10. Basic Apple – This thin-tipped font will make a great font for titles and subtitles. The look is classic and basic.

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11. Writing – This medium-tipped font is ideal for primary grades and includes a fancy number one. This one is about as neat as we’d all like to write in front of our classrooms for modeling.

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12. Thick Apple – This more personal writing font is very friendly to creating both print and titles for worksheets and projects. The bold tip makes it stand out.

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13. Vanilla – This more personal style is light-tipped but models great shaping to letters. The uppercase letters are fantastic!

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14. Casual Apple – This thicker casual font has wonderfully rounded tips which makes it appear more teacher friendly.

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15. Denealie – This D’Nealian style font has a thin tip and your classic style letters and numbers. Ideal for smaller print.

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16. Leslie’s Hand – This thicker-tip font is more closely spaced together for lettering and more widely spaced with the numbers.

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17. Love Laughing – This is the thickest tip of all the handwriting/print fonts and models the classic sticks and circles approach to forming letters.

Dotted-tip fonts

These fonts are great for adding a little detail to your titles. It’s a classic teacher look.

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18. Dots – With varying sized letters and numbers, this dotted tip font will make for a cute title or subtitle. [no longer available]

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19.  Cuteness – This straight-lined medium tip font incorporates a D’Nealian style lowercase a.

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20. Cherry – This font has tiny-tips and makes for a subtle detail. The light weight makes it harder to read from far away, but it’s easier on the eyes for reading when there is more text than a traditional tip font.

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21. Primer Dot – This medium weight font has matching medium tips.

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22. Jumbled – This font is a slightly lighter version of the font above. The letters sit on different planes creating a fun, jumbled look.

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23. Fontabulous  – This thin tipped font has dots wherever lines meet up. It’s a fun twist on the classic teacher dot fonts and has a great uppercase set.

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24. Elementary Dots  – It’s a classic look for letters to have dots on the ends of the strokes. This medium tip font is just that with semi-straight strokes.

Swirls and squiggles fonts

These fonts are great for adding a little detail to your titles. It’s a fun way to distinguish between titles, directions and work spaces.

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25. Squidgy  – This swirly ended font is a beautiful font that isn’t too over the top. Every letter is easy to read and still very fun.

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26. Quirky  – This font has some swirly ends and rounded features. Some edges don’t meet so it is a little quirky.

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27. Girly Girl  – This thin tipped font is very curly. It has a cursive feeling to it and curled ends make this font have that girly feeling.

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28. Squiggles  – This thicker font is print friendly and for younger readers. The curly q’s on the lowercase set makes this font one of my favorites.

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29. Curvy Girls  – This font has a mixture of line thicknesses. The double lined vertical lines have a squiggle and make it a funky font to use for headings or titles.

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30. Chocolate Swirl  – This thin tipped font has the same kind of curled ends as the girly girl font above. It’s curved vertical lines makes this font very feminine.

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31. Kim Curls  – This thin tipped font has tipped ends. Its a serif font that has a little funky curly-ended twist that you won’t find on many serif fonts.

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32. Starry  – This one will shine bright as each letter will have that “starry” feel to it. It’s a very thin tipped font and should be used for large text.

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33. Funky  – This thin tipped font makes each letter and number feel unique and features lines, squiggles, swirls and dots.

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These fonts make your printable so much fun. They add a little flair and work best when used as titles or to call attention to specific features.

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34. Bumpy Saw  – This outlined font appears to have either scales or a scalloped edge, depending how you look at it. The uppercase set is my favorite piece of this set as its the most consistent.

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35. Fudge Ribbon  – This font is gorgeous. I love the intricate look and yet it’s not so detailed that it feels overwhelming. I think this font is perfect for teacher tools in addition to student worksheets and activity papers.

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36. Bubbles  – Letters and numbers inside of bubbles just makes this a fun font. The uppercase size consistency makes it the favorite part of this font for me.

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37. Hoppin Hollyn  – This font is one of my favorites. I love the combination of the dots and the double lined sections of the letters and numbers.

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38. Stubborn Spots  – This thicker font features teeny spots that give it almost an animated feel. This is a combination font where the uppercase has both upper and lowercase lettering.

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39. Spotty Dotty  – This fun font has lines on the ends of the lines and dots on the edges. Only features upper and lowercase letters.

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40. Typewriter  – This font feels as if it came off of a typewriter and feel like a serif font that also has dots on the end of some strokes. It’s a really great looking font for being hand-drawn!

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41. Pinwheel Dots  – If you want funky, then this font that has tons of dots on each letter and number is for you. It also has a feeling of texture found in nature… makes me think of a snake’s skin at a  glance.

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42. Thin Girl  – This thin tipped font is very narrow and tall. It will take up a lot of room vertically and is very modern.

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43. Party Girl  – This font makes every letter feel unique. It reminds me of a ransom note cut from magazine letters and is completely funky.

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44. Monster  – You’ll find monster and silly faces hiding in the letters of this font. Great for creating game pieces or labeling set of materials! The uppercase letters are great.

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45. Stripes – This medium font has double vertical lines and ladder stripes. It’ll feel classic especially when used to make you think of a cinema.

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46. New Fringe  – This medium style font has fringe on one edge of the letters. The numbers have the same number of fringe pieces.

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47. Krazi Kiki  – This fun and funky font has lots of different style letters. You’ll see wiggly edges, swirls, double lines and outlines.

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48. Simple   – This simple font is a very modern font with tall lowercase letters. It has very few lines and is a combination of lowercase and uppercase.

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49. Splendid   – This thinner tip font will remind you of the simple font above. It has very few lines, but is a little more whimsical, especially the numbers.

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50. Stuck Up  – This font is a serif version of the simple font above. It will be great for titles, headers and wanting to make something easily readable since it’s bold.

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51. Rachel Fun  – This thin tipped font will definitely appeal to older students as it feels like their handwriting. It’s a combination font of upper and lowercase letters.

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52. Loveable  – This thick font will be great used as a title or section headline. It’s bolder than most and pretty modern. I’d reserve it for only some text since it’s a combination font.

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53. Scribble   – This skinny scribbled font is so smart. It looks best on a light background and really pleases the eye.

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54. Stubborn  – This extremely thick font will remind you of the loveable and simple fonts above. It’ll be great for headings, fonts and titles.

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55. Box Stitch  – Boxed in and stitched edges make this a fun font. You’ll see this as a fantastic title font and would look great on teacher-created products too!

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56. Staples – This font looks exactly like it has staples holding the letters in place. Cute without being distracting.

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57.  High – This font uses a combination of dotted curves and mini-hearts to give you two fonts in one. Use uppercase letters to get dots and lowercase to see hearts.

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58.  Pirate – Curls on the ends of the letters makes this pirate font swashbuckling-ly cute.

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59. Squiggle – Call attention to your titles with these squiggles hugging the edges of these letters and numbers.

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60. Spunky – This font has straight tipped edges to bring the spunk to your printables.

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61 .  Cute – This font will remind you of a mix of a Hollywood font and modern dots.

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62. Free Falling – This mix of uppercase and lowercase letters will capture your attention and be perfect on your teacher printables.

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63. Funky – This one will remind you of a mix of pirate and spunky to create a funky bold font.

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64.  Hearts – These conversation hearts will be a unique look for specific details on your worksheets.

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65. Blocks – This font will capture your students’ attention. The block-bubble style has a throw-back and carefree look.

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66. Yogurt – This very thin weighted font is perfect for creating subheaders and is a good fit for modeling forming letters for younger students.

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67.  Noodles – This height has letters that are all the same height which makes it a very modern handwriting-style font. The medium weight makes it good for titles or text.

And I mentioned that I’d hook you up with a tutorial if you wanted to learn how to install a font. Here is a great  tutorial to walk you through the whole thing.

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Thank you very much! Love the dotted cursive.

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Hi Carolina! You are so very welcome! I'm glad you are enjoying the fonts! The dotted cursive is great practice for the kiddos! Thank you bunches for stopping by! xoxo

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Hi. Do you know what the license is like for Best Font? I can't find it anywhere on their website.

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Goodness, I'm not seeing it either. It looks like you may need to contact them for that info. https://best-font.com/contact.html

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Hello, thank you soooo much for his font. I would like to know it you would happen to know how to install it on an word for IPad ? That would be so helpful as I don’t ow a computer and would like to print some for my kid. Thank you for any help

Thank you so much. I honestly don't use these on an iPad since I only print via my computer. I would use Pinterest to find a good tutorial. xoxo

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Good looking

Thank you. This is exactly what I was looking for. We have tons of letter tracing books (even with wipe out) but none of them seems to raise my kid interest. But if I print something, anything about Pokemon he is caught in the game!

Handwriting Fonts for Teachers and Kids

Teach kids to write with handwriting school fonts for classroom handouts

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Fonts that help educators use to teach print handwriting to small children are helpful aids in the classroom, especially the trace and ruled fonts for the youngest writers. Common Core Standards do not require teachers to teach cursive writing anymore, but they are allowed to, and many do. When children start doing homework in cursive, they go to their parents and teachers regularly asking how to write various letters. Even if a teacher has classroom displays that illustrate the characters, it is helpful to prepare handouts and homework that include handwriting information and lettering. Depending on their age, most students can benefit from having a teacher who uses a print, trace, ruled, or cursive handwriting font at those times.

Several companies and websites offer fonts designed specifically to assist teachers and their students while they are learning to write. Some of the sites also include practice worksheets, tips, and instructional material. As you look for fonts be aware that some cursive fonts "hook up" and some are freestanding characters. Also, some of the ruled fonts print with the lines showing. Most ruled fonts have a shortcut to prevent the rules from printing. Check the information with each font for details.​​​​​

Educational Fontware offers several styles of cursive writing fonts.

Every font is illustrated with a complete character set.

Fonts are compatible with Windows 10 and earlier and with Mac OS X 10.4 and later.

There are no free fonts.

Fonts are not downloadable.

A DVD drive is necessary to read the font disc and install the fonts.

There are several styles of cursive writing , and your school may have a preference. Those styles include:

The Educational Fontware website offers fonts in these and other formats. All fonts are illustrated with complete character sets, so you can judge which ones might be best for you in your classroom. Note that the cursive alphabet letters are not connected. Although businesses can purchase a single font for use, a Teacher Pack License includes all the educational fonts the company offers. The website's fonts are not downloadable. They ship on a CD, so your computer must have a CD drive to access them. A downloadable sample PDF sheet that shows all the fonts that are available.

Fonts are great for kids as they learn their letter shapes.

Package contains 57 OpenType fonts for school and home use.

Open to download or to download with a CD.

Examples don't include full character sets.

There are no free fonts or worksheets.

The Fonts4Teachers website offers several bundles of fonts for educational purposes. The site's fonts are bundled for primary school and high school students. Fonts4Teachers Deluxe package includes 57 fonts and three additional programs. The fonts include Print Writing , D'Nealian-style , Box Writing , Cursive Writing , Phonics , and Sign Language . The programs are 2D Pop-Up Alphabet , 3D Alphabet , and Decorative Alphabet . The package is downloadable.

The Peterson Method Font Family

Fonts are designed for instruction.

Each font can be printed in several styles.

Site contains 10 free short videos on learning cursive step-by-step.

Font examples don't include full character sets.

No free fonts or worksheets are offered.

The Peterson Method Font Family website displays the fonts it sells to teach the Peterson Method of print and cursive handwriting along with age guidance. The font package provides for correlating handwriting lessons across the curriculum. The fonts are Vertical Print , Slant Print, and two versions of cursive. All the fonts are available in several styles to better individualize instruction.

Fonts are perfect for creating worksheets in Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian styles.

Site includes helpful worksheet instructions.

Each day brings a Free Font of the Day, along with other downloadables.

Fonts are not illustrated with full character sets.

Website no longer provides free sample worksheets.

The Schoolhouse Fonts website has redesigned its educational handwriting fonts to support the methods that are most popular in U.S. schools: Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian. The website offers a handwriting font of the day for free download. In addition to fonts, the site includes instructional information. Fonts are downloadable or you can request to have them shipped to you on a CD.

Several fonts with letter forms made of dots are great for kindergartners to trace.

Fonts with lines make practicing letter heights easy.

Many of the fonts are free.

Full character set examples are available only for some fonts.

Although not all the fonts are instructional at FontSpace, the site offers several trace fonts and penmanship fonts that illustrate letter forms with rules. These fonts are free. Several of the fonts, such as KG Primary Dots , Trace , and Trace Font for Kids consists of dotted letter forms that are designed to be traced by young children as they practice their letters. Others, like VA El 2 and VA Pe 2 provide cursive shapes for practice purposes for older children. Some, such as Rainbow Colors , are decorative fonts useful for classroom posters and handouts.

Other Uses for Handwriting Fonts

It's not just teachers who use cursive and handwriting fonts. They make a nice addition to a school newsletter, a school website, and any publication or website dealing with education.

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