A Quick and Easy Way to Improve Pencil Grasp

Please don’t trash  those little broken crayons!  

Many people are led to believe that preschoolers should use those big fat jumbo crayons that you see advertised.   Quite the contrary.  Short crayons, that are the standard width are your go-to.  Why? These little gems, which are often discarded, offer so many benefits.  Let me explain how.

A tripod or quadrupod grasp is expected by age 3-4.

When using such a short crayon it’s pretty hard to fit all 5 fingers around it.   So for those kiddos who have not transitioned from using a fisted or immature grasp to a more skilled tripod or quadrupod grasp, this is one of the best and easiest ways to correct it.  

Standard crayons are much easier to grasp than those big jumbo crayons.  When you think about it, little hands need little writing utensils because they offer better handle and control.

So keep a crayon box full of broken crayons and use them often!



The Fun Strokes blog is designed for educational and informational use only for teachers, therapists, and parents. It is not intended as medical advice or therapeutic treatment that would be provided in an individualized treatment plan. If you suspect a child has delays, please consult an occupational therapist.

Published by Linda Craig Dennis

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Author and Creator of Fun Strokes Pre-writing Program

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