Tips and Tricks for Holding a Pencil Correctly

Published:
May 29, 2018

Sarah Shelton

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Do you have a preschooler or kindergartner that is learning how to write? Learning how to hold a pencil correctly is an important fine motor skill that we need to teach our kids, but some children may struggle with this task.

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Learning how to write can be frustrating if your child doesn’t know how to hold their pencil the correct way. You may find yourself constantly correcting them and having to adjust their grip. This can really put a damper on learning and enjoying school. If you have a child that struggles with proper pencil grip, I have found some tips and tricks that may help you out in your homeschool writing time.

Tips and tricks for proper pencil grip:

The Pom Pom Trick from I Heart Speech  is a great way to help your kids hold their pencil correctly. You don’t even have to use a pom-pom! There are many tips and suggestions for materials around your house that you can use.

Develop a Better Pencil Grasp by using a simple household item: a lone mismatched sock! This is such a great idea, and it really works! Check it out from My Mundane and Miraculous Life.

Learn About Pencil Grasp Development in different ages and stages from Stay at Home Educator

Use a hair tie to teach kindergartners how to hold a pencil properly in these 5 simple steps from Hurray for Play.

Encourage the use of scissors on a regular basis. Using scissors to practice cutting is a great way to develop hand and finger strength which helps with longer handwriting exercises. We have some awesome scissor cutting freebies here:
FREE Cut and Paste Printables and Ideas
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Pencil Grasp Exercises for Thumb Wrap Grasp from The OT Toolbox uses playdough as the secret weapon to teach your kids to grasp a pencil correctly.

How to Teach Kids to Hold a Pencil Correctly from Hub Pages has a great diagram for correct pencil grip, as well as a list of fine motor activities to help aid in correct pencil grip.

Teach your child how to hold a pencil correctly using the Alligator Trick from Sight Sound and Reading 

Teaching children how to hold a pen PLUS 3 Handwriting Finger Exercises from Learn With Play at Home.

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Pencil Grip Printable Helps: 

Free Pencil Hold Printable Rhyme Rap Poster from K3 Teacher Resources

Pencil Grip Printable Poster from Clever Classroom

Pencil Grip and Drawing Skills Fact Sheet from PLD Literacy

How to Grip a Pencil Printable Posters from Twinkl

Hold Your Pencil Song from K Teacher Di

Here are some great tools to help with pencil grip, that will make your school time go a lot smoother. These are a lot of fun to use and they look pretty cool too!

Bomach Pencil Writing Grips Tools Silicone Pen Grip Holder Training Kit Soft Handwriting Aid Posture Correction Utensils for Kids Comfortable Ergonomic Writing Upgraded Version (6 PCS)Bomach Pencil Writing Grips Tools Silicone Pen Grip Holder Training Kit Soft Handwriting Aid Posture Correction Utensils for Kids Comfortable Ergonomic Writing Upgraded Version (6 PCS)The Pencil Grip Writing CLAW for Pencils and Utensils, Large Size, 6 Count Blue/Red (TPG-21306)The Pencil Grip Writing CLAW for Pencils and Utensils, Large Size, 6 Count Blue/Red (TPG-21306)PenAgain Twist 'n Write Pencil ASSORTED Colors 4 Count (00071)PenAgain Twist ‘n Write Pencil ASSORTED Colors 4 Count (00071)Dixon Ticonderoga My First Tri-Write Triangular #2 Pencils, Primary Size, Wood-Cased, Black Writing, 36-Count (13082)Dixon Ticonderoga My First Tri-Write Triangular #2 Pencils, Primary Size, Wood-Cased, Black Writing, 36-Count (13082)WriteRight Pencil Grip, Size Large, Right hand, 2 packWriteRight Pencil Grip, Size Large, Right hand, 2 packThe Grotto Pencil Grip - 3 per setThe Grotto Pencil Grip – 3 per setKoala Tools | Bear Claw Pencils (pack of 6) - Fat, Thick, Strong, Triangular Grip, Graphite, 2B Lead with Eraser - Suitable for Kids, Art, Drawing, Drafting, Sketching & ShadingKoala Tools | Bear Claw Pencils (pack of 6) – Fat, Thick, Strong, Triangular Grip, Graphite, 2B Lead with Eraser – Suitable for Kids, Art, Drawing, Drafting, Sketching & Shading

 

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