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Language and Communication Improve pencil control and use a tripod grip  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To develop a tripod grip to improve pencil control The activities in this sheet have been contributed by an Occupational Therapist

Early years skill:Moving and handling
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Motor Skills
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Physical Skills
TAP level:TAP42
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Developing pencil control

Graffiti Wall

Large piece of paper

Crayon or chalk

Stick a large piece of paper onto an open wall.

Allow the child (or works well as a group activity as children will imitate each other) to go up to the wall and freely scribble onto the paper.

A vertical surface to draw on will build the child's arm and shoulder strength.


Wax crayon


Letter stencils

Hand tracing


short piece of crayon or chalk

Colouring with a short crayon

Simple pictures to colour in

Short pieces of chalk or crayon

It is important that a short piece of chalk or crayon is used because it requires the child to use the fingertips correctly.


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