We have had many little hands around here... The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors & The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit from The Pencil Grip, Inc. are a few tools that have helped them master some important skills.
The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are designed for ages 3 and up. These are truly ingenious - the safety shield prevents a child from cutting themselves, while letting them use an effectively sharpened scissors. I wish I had these when my kiddos first started... The "safe" scissors were always so dull they wouldn't cut, but the "real" scissors were dangerous for their uncoordinated hands!
They also have a lever that helps them open after being shut, and are easy to hold. These are great tools for helping build your child's coordination and hand strength too.
The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit is an effective way to get your child holding their pencil correctly from the beginning. (Where were these back when we started?!) These are our favorite pencil grips. By transitioning through the 3 soft plastic grips, you can teach proper pencil grips that will help their writing forever.
Not sure why you want a pencil grip? Check out these helpful sheets you can download on their website - I know we've had some bad habits in the past that have created writing stress. Pencil grips really do help with more than just learning how to hold correctly.
The Training Kit comes with 3 brightly colored, non-latex, squishy plastic pencil grips. These can be used in sequence.
Step one: The Crossover Grip - this one has a "superhero cape" over the fingers to hold them into the proper position.
Step two: The Pinch Grip - this starts the transition with partial "wings" to allow for more freedom. It also gives your child a chance to see where their fingers are on the pen or pencil.
Step three: The Pencil Grip Original (a long time favorite) - this grip is the "graduation" of pencil grip training. It can be used for writing comfort as long as your students wants/needs it.
The Pencil Grip, Inc is our "go-to" site for tools to help our creativity. Stay tuned... our review for another great product from them - Kwik Stix is coming soon!
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