QUICK TIP For Pen/Pencil Hold

A relaxed hold needs an open palm.

For young children ask them to write with a cotton ball held in the palm with the ring and little fingers. The writing finger drives the pencil; the thumb and third finger stabilize it.

Older persons do the same but with a larger, soft ball. A ball of yarn; a soft, rubber ball; or a dampened piece of sponge will do well.

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2 Responses to QUICK TIP For Pen/Pencil Hold

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter
    to be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of
    it!

    • BFH Handwriting says:

      It is not a quick fix for many people. I believe you refer to placing something soft in the palm of your hand while writing. The purpose is to open the hand so it is relaxed, and not a tight fist. Another way to improve pen hold is to place the pen between the forefinger and third finger. The tips of the fingers and thumb are all in the same relation to the pen as they are in the traditional “tripod” hold. At first it may seem weird, but give it ten minutes of writing practice.

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