Monday, August 10, 2015

The Pom Pom Trick to Teach Kids how to Hold a Pencil Correctly!

by Lauren Barnett, MA, CCC-SLP

Do you know why it's important to hold a pencil correctly? Little hands fatigue quickly when they are holding a pencil the wrong way which means they quit sooner, practice less and improve more slowly.

If your child is holding a pencil incorrectly, grab a pom pom and try this!

Put the pom pom in the middle of her hand:

a pom pom in the palm of a hand

Then have her close her pinkie and ring fingers over the pom pom to hold it in place.

pinkie and ring finger holding a pom pom in palm of hand

Then use the other fingers to hold the pencil! It makes it very difficult to hold the pencil in some of the more immature grasps, but it is still possible to hold it wrong (thumb over the pointer finger), so pay close attention! There is a pom pom in there I promise! Its just hard to see!

holding a pencil correctly using a pom pom in the palm of her hand

Don't have pom poms at home and you are ready to try it right now?! Use a wad of tissue!

The Pom Pom trick but using a wad of tissue paper

And just because I can't resist, here are a couple of other tricks to try to get your child to hold their pencil correctly!

The broken crayon technique:

using a broken crayon to help a child hold a pencil correctly

And the mini pencil technique (the shorter the pencil the better!):
using a mini (golf) pencil to teach kids to hold a pencil correctly

If after quite a few tries, your child is still struggling to hold a pencil correctly, talk with an Occupational Therapist in your area!

In the meantime, have fun trying some fun techniques to help your child hold the pencil correctly!

Do you have any other techniques that you've heard of?

holding a pom pom to help kids learn to hold a pencil correctly

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