Welcome to the Pencil Grasp Challenge!

Use these pencil grasp activities to help build the fine motor skills kids need for handwritng

I am SO excited about this challenge. What is the Pencil Grasp Challenge? Well, if you know a child who struggles with pencil grasp, holds the pencil with a tight or inefficient grip, uses all of their fingers to hold a pencil , or writes with an awkward grasp, the Pencil Grasp Challenge is for you!

Let me tell you a little more about the challenge.

PENCIL GRASP CHALLENGE

The pencil grasp challenge for kids

If you already signed up, be sure to check your email, because I have some surprises there for you and access to our private community.

If you haven’t sighted up yet, but want to, find the link to join us below.

What is the Pencil Grasp Challenge?

Pencil grasp challenge activities to help pencil grasp problems

The pencil grasp challenge is a free, 5 day mini course and challenge. During the course of five days, I’ll be teaching everything you need to know about the skills that make us a functional pencil grasp. You’ll learn what’s going on behind the inefficient and just plain terrible pencil grasps you see everyday in the classroom, clinic, or home. Along with loads of information, you’ll gain quick, daily activities that you can do today with a kiddo you know and love These are easy activities that use items you probably already have in your home right now.

Besides learning and gaining a handful (pun intended) of fun ideas to make quick wins in pencil grasp work, you’ll gain free printable handouts that you can use to share with your team or with a parent/fellow teacher. You’ll get access to printable challenge sheets, and a few other fun surprises. And, possibly the best of all, you’ll get access to a secret challengers Facebook group, where you can share wins, chat about all things pencil grasp, and join a community of other therapists, parents and teachers working on pencil grasp issues. This is going to be fun!

Pencil grasp challenge and activities for a better pencil grasp

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up now, because we’re gearing up for a fun week in the pencil grasp Facebook group.

Click here to sign up for the Pencil Grasp Challenge, if you haven’t already.

More about the challenge

This challenge has been on my mind (and on my laptop) for almost TWO YEARS. Crazy, right? You know how life gets in the way of really big and world-changing projects, right? Well, here’s how it started. I have A LOT of handwriting and fine motor activities here on The OT Toolbox website. A lot of those activities are perfect for developing a functional and efficient pencil grasp. I had an idea to create a challenge of fine motor activities to boost the skills kids need for strong and efficient hands, so they can hold and manipulate a pencil without difficulty. I started using #pencilgraspchallenge hashtag on my Instagram posts for those activities, with the intention to start this challenge with all of you.

In fact, go ahead and check out #pencilgraspchallenge on Instagram…you’ll find loads of fun fine motor activities designed specifically to build the skills needed for a better pencil grasp.

Use these pencil grasp activities to  help build the fine motor skills kids need for handwritng

Want to join us in helping kids achieve a better, functional pencil grasp that works for them? This is going to be fun!

Click here to join The Pencil Grasp Challenge!

Join the pencil grasp challenge series to build fine motor skills in kids
Pencil activities to help kids write with a functional grasp

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Write the Room Pencil Theme

Write the room handwriting activity

Working on handwriting? What about pencil grasp? Today, I have a fun companion to make working on these skills more fun. This write the room activity has a pencil theme and it works perfectly with some other pencil themed activities recently released here on the site: Pencil Theme Deep Breathing Exercise and our Virtual I Spy pencil theme activity.

Write the room with a pencil theme for virtual handwriting activities.

What is Write the Room?

Write the Room activities are just that: a handwriting exercise in copying and writing words that are posted around the room. Typically, students walk around the room and find matching images and words. They then copy those words onto paper.

There are several skills that kids strengthen with room writing handwriting activities:

  • Visual attention
  • Visual shift
  • Visual memory
  • Visual discrimination
  • Visual scanning
  • Copying from a distant point

These skills translate into handwriting when copying information from a far point, which can be difficult for kids to do.

With Write the Room activities, kids can strengthen these skills with a focus on handwriting.

Virtual Write the Room

More kids are in hybrid learning or virtual learning situations right now, so typical handwriting activities can be difficult to use for the activity’s benefits.

That’s where this virtual write the room activity comes in. Use the free Google slide deck or the Google Jamboard option as a virtual option.

While kids can’t walk around and write, or visually scan a room to copy the words, they can use the words scattered on the slide decks.

And, to make this a challenge, I’ve created a Draw the Room option as well. Kids can copy the simple forms to work on copying from a near or far point. Just move the screen further away for a distance copying task.

Copying forms is a great visual motor activity that is needed for the skill of handwriting and forming letters.

This virtual write the room activity is also available on Google Jamboard. Students can write write on the Jamboard whiteboard option using their finger or stylus to simulate handwriting and letter formation as well as drawing and copying skills. Using the Jamboard option is a great way to see how the student is forming letters when they write it directly on the screen.

Free Write the Room Activity

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    winter fine motor kit

    For more handwriting activities, be sure to grab our Winter Fine Motor Kit. Loaded with tons of fine motor and handwriting activities, this printable packet has pages of winter themed write the room options, including all lowercase letters, all uppercase letters, and cursive handwriting.

    Click here to get your copy of the Winter Fine Motor Kit.

    JOIN THE PENCIL GRASP CHALLENGE!

    Want to know how to fix a problem with pencil grasps? Need help knowing where to start when it comes to immature pencil grasps or a child hating to write because their hand hurts? The Pencil Grasp Challenge in open for you! In this free, 5 day email series, you’ll gain information, resources, specific activities designed to promote a functional, efficient pencil grasp.

    The pencil grasp challenge is a free, 5 day mini course and challenge. During the course of five days, I’ll be teaching everything you need to know about the skills that make up a functional pencil grasp. You’ll learn what’s going on behind the inefficient and just plain terrible pencil grasps you see everyday in the classroom, clinic, or home. Along with loads of information, you’ll gain quick, daily activities that you can do today with a kiddo you know and love. These are easy activities that use items you probably already have in your home right now.

    Are you in??

    Besides learning and gaining a handful (pun intended) of fun ideas to make quick wins in pencil grasp work, you’ll gain:

    • 5 days of information related to pencil grasp, so you know how to help kids fix an immature pencil grasp.
    • Specific activities designed to build a functional pencil grasp.
    • Free printable handouts that you can use to share with your team or with a parent/fellow teachers.
    • You’ll get access to printable challenge sheets, and a few other fun surprises.
    • And, possibly the best of all, you’ll get access to a secret challengers Facebook group, where you can share wins, chat about all things pencil grasp, and join a community of other therapists, parents and teachers working on pencil grasp issues.

    Click here to join the Pencil Grasp Challenge.

    free pencil grasp challenge

    Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.