How can I develop my child’s pincer grip for writing?

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How can I develop my child’s pincer grip for writing?

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It is widely thought that the most efficient grip for writing is the tripod grasp where a pencil is held between the pads of the thumb and index finger and rests on the middle finger. For this tripod grasp to develop, the pincer grip needs to be secure, which involves using the thumb and index finger to pick up and hold items. Children often start to develop this quite naturally as they play with smaller objects, such as beads and marbles or use their fingers to pick up food like grapes and raisins.

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