Which Crayon is Best?
There are several different choices of crayons to chose from when learning fine motor and grasping skills. A child should have a hand dominance and mature grasping pattern by age 4 years.
- Palm-grasp crayons: often egg shaped and great for
toddlers up to 2.5-3 years of age
- Triangle shape/3-sided crayons: perfect for preschool aged
children beginning to develop more a mature tripod grasp
- Flip crayons: miniature crayons that can also be made by
breaking regular crayons in half for better sizing for little hands.
These are recommended for preschool and kindergarten aged
kids to facilitate proper finger position for a mature tripod grasp.
- Finger crayons: these can be utilized by placing the index
finger in the center hole with thumb and third finger around
the outside. These can help with finger isolation and can be
good for those children who have difficulty grasping a typical
- Jumbo crayons: the size of these crayons are perfect for
kindergarten or first graders who have difficulty grasping
a typical crayon. These crayons provide a thicker surface
to grip and can be used with an adaptive grasp if needed, or
during a transition period while developing a mature grasp.
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