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Pencil Grip Toys Helping Therapists Support Student Handwriting Development

This article provides recommendations for pencil grip toys to help kids with handwriting development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.

If your child or students are having trouble with developing their pencil grip, there are several pencil gripers that may be helpful.

Developing pencil grip skills not only supports handwriting, but they also lay the foundation for other functional skills. Functional skills like buttoning clothes, tying shoes, opening containers and using zippers all require hand strength, coordination and fine motor skills. Pencil grip toys can play a role in supporting the development of these skills as they prepare for handwriting in the classroom.

If children struggle with hand strength, fine motor skills, mixed dominance or coordination, they may also fall behind in their pencil grip. Adding pencil grip manipulatives to their routine can be a fun way to improve those skills without making it seem like “work.”

Pencil Grip Toys

Pencil grip toys can be used as tools or manipulatives to help kids establish each stage of pencil grip development. They help children use proper grip patterns, such as the tripod or quadripod grip as they play and learn. It’s a great way to encourage kids to improve pencil grip habits and to use proper technique as they grow older.

When introducing pencil grips, we recommend the following:

  • Use a variety of grasp toys to target all areas of pencil grip development.
  • Create many opportunities for kids to use grip toys during play for repetition and consistent practice.
  • Add grip toys to every day play and learning activities.
  • Adapt or adjust grip toys or activities as needed to the level of the child as a way of supporting and guiding their progress.
  • Give lots of praise and positive encouragement while the children play with pencil grip toys.

To get you started, here are a few of our favorite pencil grip toys to help your child or students develop their skills:

Purposeful Movement Warm-up Activities

For more activities that “awaken” the brain and engage kids in purposeful movement, download our free Awaken the Brain Warm-up Activity Packet below.


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