Good Pencil Grips for Kids

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While I believe that pencil grips for kids cannot really improve handwriting on their own, there is a place for using a pencil grip or gripper as part of an overall program to improve a child's handwriting skills.

The aim of a "proper" pencil grasp is to be able to hold and use the pencil in such a way that is not tiring, and enables the child to carry out age-appropriate writing tasks with ease. You can read my article on correct pencil grasps to find out more about this.

When To Give a Child a Pencil Grip?

  1. When the child has been working on hand and finger dexterity, but the fingers have still not learned to maintain a functional pencil grasp
  2. When the pencil gripper prevents fatigue and enables the child to write more easily, and is not distracting or uncomfortable for the child to use.

Once a child's fine motor skills have improved through the use of fun activities, I will sometimes make use of a pencil grip to train the fingers to hold the pencil more comfortably. The aim is to get the child to hold the pencil comfortably so the fingers can easily form the letters for smooth handwriting.

With this in mind, here are some reviews of pencil grips for kids that I have found to be particularly helpful.

Write-It-Right Grips

These cute fish pencil grippers are marketed as "skill trainers" as they assist the child in holding the pencil at a more efficient angle, as well as positioning the fingers on the pencil.

They come in 2 sizes (for kids age 3-6, and kids age over 6), which is terrific. They also have grippers specifically for left handed children, which is even more terrific!

I like the fact that the child's fingers are so easily placed, and the design of the grip makes it harder for the fingers to "slip out" of position. The design naturally opens up the space between the thumb and index finger and although it tends to favor the index finger being flexed (whereas I think you get more finger movement when the last index finger joint is neutral or slightly extended), I think these are a great choice of pencil grips for kids.

This child has taken part in lots of fine motor activities to develop his skills, which are now actually quite good. However, he has some low muscle tone and still compensates for this by holding the pencil rather tightly with a wrapped thumb.

He has struggled to "get comfy" with other pencil grips that I have tried, but he has really taken to this grip and uses it voluntarily, as seen in the photos below. He finds it very comfortable and his hand seems to tire less easily.

He has always had very neat, but slow, handwriting and loves drawing, and it seems this write-it-right grip is increasing his endurance of these tasks. I will continue to support his shoulder girdle stability and hand/finger dexterity while he uses this to help him grip the pencil.

This young girl had TERRIBLE fine motor skills when I first saw her, and has worked hard on cutting skills and other fine motor tasks to strengthen her hands and fingers and get her fingers ready for handwriting. This 4 finger pencil grasp (middle finger on top of the pencil and held rather stiffly) is a huge improvement on he earlier ones, but I thought I would try a gripper to see if she could achieve even more functionality by using a 3 point pencil grip.

I gave her the smaller size of write-it-right grip and she was able to use it easily. More importantly, the grip helped her to develop the habit of a 3 finger pencil grasp, so that even when she is not using the gripper, she is able to maintain a tripod grasp.

Suppliers of Write-it-Right pencil grips:

Canada and USA: FDMT

UK and Europe: Taskmaster

"The" Pencil Grip

This was the first really effective pencil grip I used in therapy and was way better than the "stetro" pencil grips for kids which were the standard issue at the time.

In the pictures below, the boy had a rather rigid grasp and was not really comfortable with writing tasks. His fine motor skills had already improved from a very dysfunctional pencil grasp, but I wanted to give him the extra boost with a pencil gripper. As you can see from the pics, he found "The" pencil grip gave him more control over the thin pencil, and he happily used it.

These grippers come in two sizes - regular and Jumbo, so try out both to see which suits your child more. Even adults find them comfortable! Find these pencil grips for kids at PFOT!

If you give a pencil grip to a child with a really lousy pencil grasp without working on their fine motor skills, they are likely to just keep using the poor grasp over the pencil gripper!

Here are some of the fine motor activities offered on my site:

I hope this article has helped you!

If you want to find out more about when to "fix" a pencil grip, this post by Anonymous OT has some good points - her replies to comments at the end of the article are also helpful.

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