Is your child struggling with pencil grip? Maybe they hold it a little funny or cannot hold it at all.
Most children can hold a pencil or crayon properly between the ages of 3 and 3 ½. The older a child gets, the harder it is to correct an inadequate grip. We all know how hard it is to change a bad habit and when muscles and coordination are involved, it makes it even more difficult. Parents can also demonstrate the proper grip and state aloud where you are putting your fingers.
One pencil grip trick is the broken crayon.
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.
What is 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. The small crayon fits perfectly. The top of the crayon ends in the child’s palm, thus making it difficult to hold incorrectly.
3. Helps your child’s fine motor development.
4. Learning it correctly first, leads to a happy writer in the future. This is the truth.
More Pencil Grip Training Tools:
- Golf pencils and short pencils with erasers would be great in the classroom.
- Small pieces of chalk.
- Crayola markers write smoothly. Sometimes writing with a firm pencil is just too hard.
- Handwriting Without Tears sells awesome mini 2-color flip pencils.
- Three sided pencils and egg shaped crayons.
- Pencil grip with finger indentations
- Writing Claw that has three cups for children to put their fingers inside as they write.
If your child continues to struggle you might want to see an Occupational Therapist. Many people do not realize that writing comes from your upper trunk (the upper core of your body), not just from your two fingers. Check out this post: Handwriting Tips from an Occupational Therapist.
Handwriting Without Tears has a video on the tripod grip.
School Sparks has great photos and more information.
Draw Your World has a good diagram.
Jens OT for Kids has some other cool tools.
Proper letter placement and letter size click here.