Need a pencil grip activity for your creative toddler?
Here, I wanted to give him some freedom to explore pencil grip without following a rigid guideline. We want to remember that all kids learn differently and do not fit one mold.
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Truth is, so much more goes into handwriting before forming letters.
We hold our toddlers to high expectations of gripping a pencil without much thought into what goes on behind the scenes.
Keep in mind, our main goal is to get children excited about writing, forming lines, and progressing on their own terms. My favorite ways to reach this goal are by playing with squirt bottles, using tweezers, and using eye droppers. These are all great tools to help strengthen small hand muscles.
We want to strengthen small hand muscles to have a better pencil grip down the road. You will begin to notice BIG improvements over time as you practice in a variety of ways.
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Setup is simple.
Here, I taped down my white paper roll and grabbed my favorite dot stickers.
You will remember these dot stickers from other activities such as Giant Dot-to-Dot, Feed the Sharks, and Mystery Shapes. We like to keep supplies simple and use the same supply in many different ways to improve fine motor strength.
I placed the dots in no particular design on the white paper. The objective is to draw one continuous line from one dot to the next.
Because letters are made up of lines and curves. I want my preschooler to practice the line formations before asking him to write letters.
Next, I made little monster faces on each sticker. Sometimes, a small detail is what it takes to help with investment. I knew by calling it Monster Maze Dot-to-Dot I would have a little more buy-in.
My goal with this pencil grip activity was to help with:
drawing lines that wiggle
drawing straight lines
following a path that had a color sequence
So Let’s Get Setup!
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Invite your preschooler to begin connecting the dots as you sip your hot coffee!