We were asked by the Home School Review Crew to review some products from The Pencil Grip, Inc. We received The 3-Step Pencil Grip Training Kit (aff. link) and The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors (aff. link).
Rachel struggles with handwriting. She is left-handed and has always had unusual ways of holding her pencil. I try to show her different ways to hold it but she keeps going back to her old way. These pencil grips are a great tool to train children in how to hold a pencil correctly. They are made of a flexible material but they are latex and phthalate free. There is a hole down the middle of each of them. To use, you simply slide the pencil grip on to any pencil or pen. It helps to direct your fingers into the correct position. And best of all, they work equally well with use on the right-hand or the left-hand! There is an "R" and an "L" on each side showing you where to place the thumb for either hand.
The first pencil grip we tried was the Crossover Grip. It is considered a training grip. It has a kind of "super hero" cape over the fingers and provides the most structure and support for proper finger positioning. It is good for preventing the fingers from crossing over each other which is exactly what I'm trying to work with Rachel on.
The next one we tried was the Pinch Grip. This pencil grip is more of a transition style. It has partial "wings' so it gives a little more freedom of movement yet still provides the structure and reinforcement to help the child place their fingers in the correct position. I like that Rachel can see the correct positioning with this one. I think it will help her to learn the correct placement of her fingers when she is not using the grip. This one is Rachel's favorite too.
The third grip we tried was the Original. It has the least restrictive structure yet still guided her fingers to the correct placement. However, I did find that she would slowly let her thumb slide forward as if she were trying to cross it over her fingers. She may still need some work with the Pinch Grip before using this one. However, I found that the Original was nice to use even as an adult just because it made for a more comfortable grip for me.
I love that the 3-step training kit provides all three pencil grips in one package so you can try each of them to see which is the better fit for your child, or you. These grips have even been recommended by doctors and physical therapists. The 3-Step Pencil Grip Training Kit (aff. link) is available on Amazon for around $8.00 for all three. Be sure to also check out the great resources and free downloads on improving pencil grip at www.thepencilgrip.com.
The Pencil Grip, Inc. also offers some really unique safety scissors. Rachel no longer needs to use safety scissors but we were interested in learning more about them because we sometimes have little ones over to our house. These scissors are called The Pencil Grip Ultra Safe Safety Scissor and they are the most unique safety scissors for kids that I've ever seen.