Here's a simple handwriting skills worksheet to help our little ones control a pencil. In the Ecole Des Beaux-Artes drafting skill was trained like any other... good handwriting helps us develop a clear spatial connection from the hand to the brain.
The argument that keyboard skills do the same thing as pencil and paper is absurd. Writing by hand is three dimensional and includes texture and pressure, keyboarding is purely mechanical and neither expressive nor spatial. BOTH skills are needed in well rounded students.
Innovations in art, math and science spring from minds that have strong spatial awareness. Here's a start down that road.