Oh no! Break the crayons? Say it isn't so! Don't we all love a brand new box of crayons? They look so neat and orderly! Turns out that the small, broken crayons may be a helpful tool to get your child on the road to writing success!
A correct pencil grip = holding the pencil between the thumb and pointer finger (index finger), and resting it on the middle finger for added stability.
Benefits of broken crayons:
1. They are smaller and lighter to use, perfect for little hands.
2. It's difficult to hold a little one incorrectly.
3. Helps your child's fine motor development.
4. Learning it correctly first, leads to a happy writer in the future!
Golf pencils (the little ones without erasers) are great too.
Small pieces of chalk.
Red Robin restaurant gives out mini real crayons to the kids!
Handwriting Tips from an Occupational Therapist.
Handwriting Without Tears has a great video on the tripod grip.
School Sparks has great photos and more information.
Draw Your World has a great diagram.
Jens OT for Kids has some other cool tools.
Proper letter placement and letter size click here.