Ever heard of pencil grasp development? This phrase simply deals with teaching your kindergartener how to hold a pencil with your fingers in order to write.
Today I am going to share a few fine motor activities to help your kindergartener develop their pencil grasp. These are perfect whether your kids are just learning how to write or if you already have a young writer.
There are a few different types of pencil grasp and you can see them in this post about developing pencil grasp. Once your child is 4 or 5 they should be using either a tripod (3 finger grasp) or a quadruped (four finger grasp). If your child s holding their pencil differently, try a few of these activities below.
Lacing cards were a hit with my kids when they were younger. They are also incredibly easy to make. I opted to create themed lacing cards for my kids (this teddy bear lacing card is just one example) but you can easily make your own.
Below, you can see a list of the supplies you need to make yours.
Simply print, or draw if you are creative, a picture on cardstock. Once you have a picture, use a hole punch to place holes around the border. Hand your child a lace and have them string the lace in the holes. That’s it.
No child (or adult for that matter) would be happy doing boring and undone tasks to develop a skill. Games are perfect for young learners because it keeps them engaged and they are hands-on. Fine Motor Tools and Games for Pencil Development gives a few examples of fun games to play with your kids.
I had a love hate relationship with play dough. My kids loved it and I hated it when it ended up in on my carpets. Luckily, I have gotten smarter and now place my kids on the floor on a sheet while they play.
Play dough is a fantastic exercise tool for pencil grasp. Without knowing it, your kids are: pinching, squeezing and moulding the play dough. If this is something you want to have your kids try, just ensure that you place them on the ground on a sheet for easy clean up.
Cutting/ Lacing Sheets
I remember buying a cute cutting book for my daughter on Amazon and she loved it. The only problem was that she finished it too quickly and I didn’t want to shell out more money on a new book each week.
Below I am sharing with you a set of sheets that can be used for tracing as well as for cutting. If you plan to have your child trace the lines, simply slip the pages in a protective sheet and have them use a dry erase marker.
Pencil grasp is very important in a young child’s life and using a few of these fine motor activities consistently will definitely help them on their writing journey.
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Alecia is a Canadian homeschooling mom of 2. She can be found over at No Stress Homeschooling where she helps parents realize that they are the best teacher for their children.
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