Homeschool Handwriting Curriculum - Grasp Aids

Summary: Homeschooling handwriting curriculum - Aids for developing grasp and grip of the pencil. Some children benefit from writing aids to help them grasp their pencil.  This post may include affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our own homeschool.  Please see my disclosure policy.

Do your little ones struggle with handwriting?  

Is it hard for them to hold a pencil comfortably?  Or do they grip it very tightly? 

Learning to write shouldn't have to be a struggle. Often kids learn good grasp patterns by doing small muscle activities.  

Other kids just take longer to develop the physical and sensory skills necessary for a mature grasp.  (More on that below).

But some don't and still have trouble grasping their pencil in a comfortable way.  

If your child is struggling with that, I invite you to try some playful handwriting activities first, before looking at handwriting aids. 

I invite you to click here for my articles on Handwriting activities, from my O.T. days.  I recommend trying some of these activities before you look at getting a grasp aid.

Handwriting Aids for Grasp

One of my favorite resources for pencil grip aid is a pencil kit from Draw Your World.  It is made up of helpful writing aids and devices to make learning to write easier for your kids.    

Here's their Grip Starter Kit, which includes a booklet for parents to help your kids with grasp. But I recommend their grip aids, if they are a fit for your child.

These devices guide the fingers into place for a mature grasp.  To see how to use them, see the photos next to each description below:

Photo Credit - Draw Your World

Here's one of the aids from their kit, for kids who are more advanced:

This Grip Starter Kit from Draw Your World is a frugal resource and it includes six aids for handwriting and a special pencil as shown above.

Draw Your World's booklet mentioned above is called Hold The Pencil and is free. 

They also offer a free video on pencil grip called Video - Hold the Pencil.

Pen Again - Twist"N Write Pencils  offers two aids at less than $7.00 at Office Depot.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I do enjoy reading your comments!   

Do you have a struggling writer in your house?  We would love to hear from you in the comments or on Facebook.

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Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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  1. Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!

    1. Thanks, Mrs. AOK, from Mommy Monday, for stopping by! I enjoy linking up to your great blog hop.


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