The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent us two of their products to review: The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit. We have used the Pencil Grips in the past so I was excited to have new ones to add to our collection. We had never used the Safety Scissors before so kids were looking forward to trying them.
These scissors are really neat. They are super safety scissors!! The clear plastic guard that covers the moving cutting arm only leaves enough room for a piece of paper to get in between the blades. I didn’t worry about the kids cutting their fingers (or crayons, or toys…..) when they used them. The guard is a little bit longer than the blunt scissor blades, another great safety feature.
I was having a hard time getting used to cutting with them. I really needed to pay attention to feed the paper into the little opening. The more I cut with them, the easier it became.
We really do like to use these pencil grips. There are three different ones. The green one in the above picture (The Crossover Grip) is the one to start with. It helps to get your fingers in the right position on the pencil. The red one (The Pinch Grip) is the next step. Your fingers have a little more freedom, but are still guided to hold the pencil correctly. The blue (The Pencil Grip) on is the final step. It’s smaller and has just enough curve to it to help hold the pencil.
One feature I like is that there is an “R” and a “L” on the grips. This helps right handed and left handed writers to hold the grip correctly.
Evie is still using the first step one and David (age 11) is using the final step one. They don’t use them all the time, but they choose to use them quite often. I like it when they use them because they hold the pencil so much better when they do.
Many other families on the Homeschool Review crew had the oppertunity to use these products also. Click on the banner below to see what they thought about these two helpful products.