Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Pencil Grip, Inc. Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit Review

Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog. My family had the privilege of trying The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit from The Pencil Grip, Inc. for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

In 1992 The Pencil Grip was invented by an educational therapist by the name of Dr. Lois Provda. The Pencil Grip, Inc. bloomed from there and now has hundreds of ingenious products for home, school, and office. There are so many neat products to choose from and a lot of kids school supplies.

The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are scissors made primarily for ages 3 and up. These safety scissors have a permanent plastic shield to safely keep fingers away from the blades. These do not have blunt, dull blades like most children's scissors. To cut with them you slide the paper into the thin gap and cut the paper like normal. The sharp blades are enclosed providing optimum protection from kids being able to cut themselves. The scissors are ergonomic and easy to hold by little hands. These safety scissors for kids have a flexible, spring-loaded training lever that automatically opens the blades after being squeezed closed so that a less experienced user or one with limited strength or coordination can use these with ease. The lever can be folded in to give the child more control.

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit comes with three pencil grips. These help the child to learn how to properly hold the writing implement in three consecutive steps: The Crossover Grip, The Pinch Grip, and The Pencil Grip. The first grip is The Crossover Grip. This grip has two finger guards on either side in the design of a "super hero cape" to place fingers in the correct position on the grip while holding the pencil. These finger guards stop the fingers from crossing over. This grip is best to be used with adult supervision for proper training. The Pinch Grip is used next after The Crossover Grip is mastered. It is used as a transition piece with writing implements to provide a gentle guide. It has special partial "wings" allow more freedom, but still has structure. Finally, the graduation grip, The Pencil Grip, has the famed tripod grasp for preventing bad habits from forming during pre-writing and writing instruction. All grips are made for both lefties and righties. These are latex and phthalate free.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

Zari using The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors.

 The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are great for preschool age children or those that don't know how to operate scissors well. Since my children are older and know how to use regular scissors they really didn't care for these much. You really have to feed the paper through while cutting at a weird angle. I would suggest them only for very young children or these might be great for children with disabilities. These would be great preschool, daycare, and/or childcare training scissors!

Teela using the different grips in The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit.

The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit came to us on promotional pens with The Pencil Grip, Inc. printed on them. My 9 year old daughter, Teela has had an awful pencil holding position from day one and I have tried to get her to stop holding the pencil with a fist when she writes. This 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit looks like it will definitely do the trick and hopefully get her in the habit of holding the pencil correctly. We had Teela pose in the picture above with each grip, she had more trouble positioning the last grip herself. This proved she was not ready for The Pencil Grip. We will work with her more with the first and second grips before moving onto this last one.

Teela holding the pencil correctly with The Pencil Grip.

I like that you can also use this for a number of other writing, drawing, and painting implements as shown in the picture above. These feel pliable like silicone and are comfortable in the hand and on the fingers. These are great for people who need to have more reinforcement for proper writing position and also work well for those that have arthritis.

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You can purchase the Ultra Safe Safety Scissors for $4 and the 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit for $8.81 on Amazon.

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