OT Activity of the Day:
Pip Squeaks and Stickers for the Little Ones
Target Age Range: 2 and up
The last two days I have talked about pencil grips for the older kiddos. Today I want to give tips for how to promote an ideal grip in your younger child. As your child gets older they will be expected to display more of a tripod grasp. However at the younger age, we're simply looking for the marker, or crayon, to rest in the index finger and thumb web space and for the fingers to be closer to the tip of the writing tool.
I know I've already said that broken crayons are the best at promoting an ideal grip, however I know markers are always more fun. For those kiddos who enjoy a good marker, opt for the Pip Squeaks. These markers are smaller and naturally allow for the fingers to be closer to the tip of the marker. If this isn't enough, you can always place stickers at the tip of the marker for a visual reminder for those fingers. If you don't want to go through your markers and place stickers on them, simply remind your child to keep their fingers on the "squiggly line".
Color and enjoy!