As a mom to five little ones and as a kindergarten and special needs teacher, I have helped a lot of children learn how to hold a pencil correctly. Sometimes it would be really difficult to teach a child how to hold a pencil until I figured out this fun and crazy alligator trick. It is really important to teach correct pencil grip for a number of reasons. Primarily, you want the child to feel comfortable while writing and secondly, correct pencil grip will help improve handwriting.
How to Hold a Pencil
To teach the correct way to hold a pencil, you can have the child pretend his/her dominant (writing) hand is an alligator.
Open and close the alligator’s mouth – and show that the alligator is hungry and wants to eat the pencil!