Color My World

Crayon review:

Coloring is a great way to work on so many important skills:

  • strengthens a tripod grasp (when crayon is held correctly)
  • child works on important motor coordination skills when having to color in the lines
  • works on isolating wrist and finger movers when coloring small items instead of using whole arm movements (an important skill for handwriting)
  • improves hand endurance/tolerance to paper pencil activities (so your child doesn’t feel fatigued with writing assignments)

Here are some tips I like to use:

Break crayon: by breaking crayons and making them very small it almost forces your child to pinch it correctly (make sure the webspace is open)

Wiki: wrap a wiki stick at the base of a crayon and ask your child to hold  by pinching on the wiki when coloring and tuck all other fingers in the palm

Gripper: I like to use grippers on pencil crayons because it’s easy to put on and off but not on crayons as these can easily break (except for Twisties)

My favorite coloring:

CRAYOLA Twisties: I love love love these crayons. They are soft and easy to color with. And the great thing about these crayons is that I can easily use a gripper on them by simply twisting the crayon into the gripper! (You can purchase here)

CRAYOLA Pip squeaks: when teaching to color you want to think SHORT and FAT…markers that are short allow for better control and fat ones provide a larger surface area for correct finger placement. (You can purchase here)

CRAYOLA Large Crayons: again when teaching to color you want to think SHORT and FAT…crayond that are short allow for better control and fat ones provide a larger surface area for correct finger placement. (You can purchase here)

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Hi, I 'm Nancy

I’m an Occupational Therapist (OT) with more than 18 years of experience and whose greatest passion is working with children of all abilities. 

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