My kiddos are much older than pre-school, but what FUN it is to review kids preschool supplies! Pencil Grip, Inc. sent us The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and the The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit to review.
The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors
Let me break this review out by product. Let’s talk about The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors first. These scissors have a plastic guard that covers not only the bottom blade but the area between the blades as well. There’s a small slit between the guard and the top portion of the scissors where paper can slide in and be cut. The concept behind these scissors is brilliant. Little fingers and other things cannot be cut by these scissors unless it’s very thin – like paper. I love this concept.
To be truthful, they are a little awkward at first as I’m used to just slipping the scissors up to the paper and cutting, but with these the “window of cutting” is very small so you need to pay attention to the paper placement.
I also appreciate that these scissors have a clear guard so that you can line up the paper exactly where it needs to be. That is very helpful when you are cutting “on the dotted line”.
The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit
Secondly, let’s talk about the 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit. Designed for those students beginning to write, there is a process and a progression to using these pencil grips. When fingers have the proper placement on the pencil or pen, writing becomes easier and less painful, especially if you are writing longer passages or taking notes.
The series is designed to start with this one (the green grip). With the bigger ridge between the thumb and index finger, your fingers are forced to be in the proper position. However, the “cushiness” of the pencil grip is very comfortable. For me, I found this grip to be a bit awkward simply because it was forcing me to have proper finger placement. However, I did notice that my handwriting improved, even with this first step.
Step 2 in the pencil grip kit (the red grip) contains a notch that is noticeably smaller. However, it doesn’t seem as if my finger position was altered, just that it’s allowing for a more natural placement.
Step 3 in the series is much smaller and is for those writers who have graduated from each of the other steps. This one is the most comfortable for me. I am using this pencil grip a lot more and will even switch it from one pen to another.
With each of the pencil grips, I found they were all comfortable and with the proper finger placement I was able to write more legibly (which is awesome considering I take notes all the time). I also write a lot of handwritten notes to clients and prospective clients, not to mention personal notes to family and friends. One of the things I promised myself I’d do this year is writing more handwritten notes and birthday cards for snail mail. Using the pencil grip improves my writing and makes writing more comfortable. That means I can get out more notes with less hand pain. That’s a win-win for me.
Since the grips are rubber, they do attract lint, fuzz, and dog fur so I try not to let them drop on the floor. Otherwise, I’m picking off fur debris before writing. I’ve run these under water as well and that seems to help.
Overall, I really like these kids preschool supplies. As you can tell, being a mom and REALTOR, I’m using these for myself and finding great success with them, especially the pencil grips.
I would recommend these products to anyone of any age. If it helps, use it!
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