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Am I the only person in the world who didn't know about triangular crayons? Just in case you are in the dark as I was, please read this post.

Caspar is three and will hopefully soon hit his sensitive period for writing. He currently doesn't write or draw much with pencils but he loves using crayons.

I have for a long time been concerned about his grip. He is left handed and his grip is truly incorrect and awkward. Does it matter, should I be correcting him? Not wanting to be overbearing or take away the fun or enjoyment of drawing I have never corrected him.

When he was much younger I asked a Montessori teacher. Her advice at the time was to let it go, she felt he was really too young to worry about his grip. Last week while I was talking with his current 3-6 teacher, I again asked about correcting his grip. 

She showed me the crayons they have on their classroom shelf. I had a lightbulb moment. Of course, let the environment/materials be the teacher. They use triangular crayons.

Coincidently, the next day I heard Mariah from Playful Learning Spaces talk about art materials for young children. She mentions triangular pencils and speaks of the satisfaction her daughter felt when acheiving the correct grip using one.

So I hit my favourite educational supply shop and pick up a packet of triangular crayons and while I am there get a packet of jumbo triangular coloured pencils.

And what do you know, big improvement.  


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