Pencil grip is one of the important things which are truly difficult to teach if kids initially learn it falsely. However, every child goes with his or her own suitable way, explaining with a standard stand, grasp means capture with thumb and forefinger while impelling on middle figure is a good way to begin. Though, it seems impossible practically while you are handling five or six years old kids who do not still know about their left from right then how can divide up their fingers into different positions.
For this, give children tricky methods of pencil holding and it also improves their handwriting skill. So, here are some tricks which will help you to teach a child for holding his or her pencil correctly.
- Use small pencils:- A small pencil has less space for forcing in unneeded fingers. It primarily forces children to capture a pencil with thumb and first finger. Because of this reason many well-known curriculum use their unique brand of small pencils. It is also recommended by occupational therapists to use crayons which are cracked in half if kids facing difficulties using an age-suitable grasp.
- Grab from the sharpened point and turn:- If your kids fail to hold properly even with a small pencil, then teach them the ‘pinch and flip’. Just have them capture the sharpened end of the pencil and turn it around until it easily settles between thumb and first finger in the all set positions.
- Have them keep something under their last two fingers:- If techniques of small pencils and pinch and turn fail, then try having kids keep something under their third and ring fingers. It is required to bend these two fingers towards the palm while writing. Yet, kids usually find difficult to do this because they cannot divide the two sides of their hand (the thumb part and the little part). This technique will be useful in this. It does not matter what they hold under their last two fingers, since they can conveniently do so without their fingers bulging out from their hands because the item is big, or having to hold too tightly because the item is too small. You can take items such as marble, bead, cotton ball or small rubber toy.
Still, you should keep in mind that in addition to teaching kids ‘techniques’ for holding their pencil correctly, they also require strong muscles in their hands, shoulders and even in their core muscles to be able to sit up and write with energy.
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