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PENCIL GRASP
Many grasps are perfectly fine! Just ensure a child has an open web space. This means the thumb and forefinger form an oval when a child holds the pencil.
Improve this skill!
Practice: picking up small pieces with tweezers,
stringing beads,
playing with pegboards.
BILATERAL COORDINATION
Help your child to use two hands when writing! One hand holds the paper. One hand writes. This skill is key to efficient writing.
Improve this skill!
Practice: cutting,
stringing beads,
folding paper.
WRITING INSTRUMENT
A wide pencil is more comfortable for young hands. If a child has difficulty holding a pencil with an open web space, hand strength and development may be too immature for writing. Practice basic writing strokes with chalk on a vertical surface.
Once a child has a well formed pencil grasp, have fun trying markers, paintbrushes and chalk.