Even when drawing in preschool, it is important to pay attention to the correct pencil position. From the age of 3 to 4 years, the child's handedness also becomes relevant here. Before that, children are mostly ambidextrous and are still experimenting with the "right" hand. Different methods can be used to identify the child's dominant hand. Socially learned behavior such as holding cutlery is unsuitable. Spontaneous, subconsciously controlled motor impulses such as picking up spilled matches are favorable. Here, the dominant hand is usually used intuitively.
It is important to note that once incorrectly imprinted, unfavorable pencil postures are very difficult to correct, and usually only with the help of occupational therapists. That's why the non-slip grip zones of our STABILO EASYcolors pencils provide the correct position for the fingers in the three-point grip, even while drawing. This means that the first hurdle in the process of learning to write is already overcome at preschool age, and children do not have to wait until school to (re)learn the correct pencil position.
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Frequently asked questions:
As with all pens, grip moulds provide a secure hold when guiding the pencil and thus ensure relaxed drawing without cramping, even during long periods of use. If pencils are slippery, a feeling of loss of control quickly arises during use, which leads to a subconsciously firmer grip, which in turn leads to faster muscle fatigue. In addition, the grip moulds on our three-sided pencils mark the points on each side where the fingers should be placed in a three-point grip: Three fingers - three sides - three moulds.
This question depends on the thickness of the pencil and the break resistance of the lead. Particularly thick, round pencils are also suitable for holding in the fist grip at an early stage. In the course of development, the pencils can then become thinner, initially triangular and finally hexagonal. The right time for the transition is less a question of the child's age in years than of motor skills (which are usually related to age).
As pencils with grip moulds, the STABILO EASYcolors are suitable especially for left-handers and right-handers only from the time when the child's handedness is clearly pronounced. This usually happens between the ages of 3 and 4.
Various methods can be used to identify the child's dominant hand. Socially learned behavior, such as holding cutlery, is unsuitable. Spontaneous, subconsciously controlled motor impulses, such as picking up spilled matches, are favorable. Here, the dominant hand is usually used intuitively.