Wednesday, September 21, 2011

broken crayons...

to some people, little bits of crayons might be reason to throw them out.

but for little hands, they're better than full size.  

they encourage grasping a writing utensil with a tripod grasp as opposed to some of the earlier stages, like a fist grasp...

with smaller crayons, there's no room for a whole fist, so a more compact grasp is necessary...

see the difference?

here's with a full size crayon...



or...



and here's with a small crayon...


so, rather than getting rid of all those little bits, get a bunch of crayons...


and start breaking...


go a step further, and use those fine motor skills to peel off all the paper...


so satisfying for little hands...


just find a good spot, and get in the zone.


2 comments:

teacheranne27 said...

I like this a lot I work with 6 weeks to 18 month old and the one year old always want to peel the paper off the big crayons I'm going to use the little broken crayons so they can peel those ad get their fine motor exercise I recently discovered your blog and I already really like it thanks for awesome ideas

a happy wanderer said...

thanks, teacher anne! i'm glad you've come to check things out. enjoy the activity!