These are actually self-inking stamps that fit on the end of a pencil. Besides being a fun way to reward good work by putting a stamp on the paper, these toppers add a little extra weight to provide greater tactile input to the hand while helping tip the pencil into the proper position on the hand. This promotes better handwriting and helps children hold the pencil properly while experiencing greater handwriting success.
Toppers by the dozen
This device promotes a proper grip while reducing the stress on fingers. Hand cramping and “white knuckling” are uncomfortable and interfere with fluent writing. The Pencil Grip is made of a pliable material and slips easily onto a pencil or pen. It promotes a relaxed position for the fingers and hand. The Pencil Grip works equally well for right-handed or left-handed writers.
This type of grip is easy to use and helps train the hand to hold the pencil properly. Right-handed writers point the arrow on the grip toward the pencil tip and place the thumb on the star. Left-handed writers point the arrow on the grip toward the tip and place the forefinger on the “star.” The index and middle fingers fit comfortably along the molded groove. A proper grip improves handwriting while reducing muscle discomfort and fatigue.
Stetros by the dozen
A favorite with the middle school crowd, this grip is sure to be popular with all ages. Different designs and colors are appealing, while the soft texture accommodates inconspicuous fidgeting and provides sensory feedback.
Squishies by the dozen
Callirobics-for-Beginners is designed to acquaint participants with the basic lines and shapes that are building blocks for writing.
The program is ideal for participants with low-developmental ability or for younger kids who are just starting to experiment with “writing.” Stickers were added to the program to enhance the direction of the writing movements and give the participants an extra activity for fine motor skills. Cathy Bollinger, a children’s singer, wrote and played the music. With her beautiful voice and guitar, she gently leads the participants through the basic writing movements: down, up, across, and around (circle). , workbook and storybook included in each kit.
Preparation for printing and cursive writing, sensory integration, individual and group work habits, calm and relaxing exercises for children, improved small-muscle skills and eye-hand coordination.
Children practice patterns to music. In the program for ages 4-7 the patterns are easy, disconnected and geared for printing. There are 11 exercises and each exercise is practiced for only two and a half minutes. The music includes popular children’s melodies.
Callirobics Ages 7-14 are a series of simple and enjoyable graphical patterns to be traced by the child while listening to popular melodies. These patterns introduce the basic elements of writing movements in a “stress free” method. Patterns are more advanced, connected and geared for cursive writing. There are ten sessions with two exercises in each session. Each session is practiced for five minutes. We recommend repeating each exercise for a whole week. The music is upbeat for the straight patterns. It is calm and slow for the curved and round patterns.
Helps the beginner writer recognize the letters of the alphabet through a fun, stimulating, stress-free activity. The program includes illustrations and songs thereby combining visual and auditory learning. The rresistible, and humorous cartoon-like illustrations promote visual recognition of the letters and help to develop the correct writing habits. The songs are short, funny and easy to memorize. They are a powerful tool in providing auditory association with the letters, rhythm, concentration and creativity.
In addition to the program we added a poster with the alphabet letters on one side and illustrations from the book on the other side. There are 28 magnets; one for each letter and two more to hold the poster on any magnetic board. As the students progress they add one letter at a time to the poster. This is a great manipulative aid for students who struggle with handwriting.
Create three different shapes (squares, circles and triangles) in a seamless transition from small to big and back again. The harder you push down on the stylus, the smaller the shapes. Release the pressure and the shapes get bigger. Tight and finished renderings take art and pattern making a whole new level! Spyro Gyro™ Pen requires one AA battery (not included).