Updated: 09/29/2020: Get a FREE Download of this cool trick!
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:
Then have her close her pinkie and ring fingers over the pom pom to hold it in place.
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! Don't have pom poms at home and you are ready to try it right now?! Use a wad of tissue!
And just because I can't resist, a couple of other tricks to try to get your child to hold their pencil correctly are the broken crayon technique and the mini pencil technique (the shorter the pencil the better!). 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?
I'd like to say a big "Thank you!" to the Occupational Therapists who have reached out to me after originally posting this information! Your encouragement is appreciated! I love partnering with other professionals to help make children's lives better!!
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