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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/Curriculum skill:Motor Skills
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Physical Skills
TAP level:TAP42
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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

Use wax crayons to rub over objects: coins, letter stencils, ridged cardboard etc. placed under a sheet of paper.

Hand tracing


short piece of crayon or chalk

Ask the child to draw around their own hands with fingers spread out and around objects, shapes, stencils, letter shapes etc.

Colouring with a short crayon

Simple pictures to colour in

Short pieces of chalk or crayon

Colour in pictures with large and small areas to fill in without straying over the lines and using strokes in all directions.

Talk about the picture and colours used.

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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