“Every time he wants to change colors, I have to waste two minutes adapting the crayon. It’s such a waste of time!”
Occupational therapists and special education teachers are magicians when it comes to adapting stuff for our kids with weak motor skills, developmental delays, or atypical grasp patterns. But sometimes it’s just a pain in the neck!
The main goal is to help children be independent. So if an adult has to step in every few minutes to put the grip on a new crayon or adjust a child’s fingers so they are in a functional position, it goes against what we are working toward (Independence!)
It’s easy to keep a grip on a pencil, but what about crayons? The child wants to change colors every few minutes- that’s half the fun!
I’ve found the solution.
I’m so excited to share a new product that is an amazing option for a variety of situations:
- Immature grasping patterns
- Underdeveloped web space
- Weak hand strength
- Difficulty maintaining correct grasp
Effortless ART crayons are perfect for:
- early learners who are still developing fine motor and pre-writing skills
- adults or children with disabilities
- children with sensory processing or motor issues that cause them to press too hard, frequently breaking crayons
- students who hold the crayon too close to the tip, so they can’t see what they are doing
- adults with disabilities, motor difficulties, or arthritis
Effortless Art Crayons are fully adapted crayons that need NO intervention to hold with a proper grasp. You can use them a few ways, which makes this product even more special!
Effortless ART Crayons for Children Who “Fist” the Crayon
Many children compensate for weak hand strength by clutching the crayon with all of their fingers. Because they don’t have mature grasping patterns or a developed web space (the space between the thumb and index finger), they wrap their thumb over the other fingers and rely on their wrist or shoulder to move the crayon.
Adapted Crayons for Children Who Press Too Hard
Some children have sensory processing issues, which can make it difficult for them to grade the amount of pressure they use when coloring. In other words, they press too hard!
Other children haven’t developed shoulder stability, which is the ability to keep their shoulder still when they move their wrist and hand. This leads them to use their whole arm to color. Using those big muscles can result in too much pressure (aka broken crayons), so that can be a problem, too.
Sometimes pressing too hard can result in fingers slipping to the tip of the crayon. This limits a child from seeing what they are doing because their fingers are in the way!
The Built-in Adaptation – A Simple Solution to So Many Problems!
Effortless Art Crayons have a natural “ridge” that can help with all of the problems mentioned above. The ridge acts as a “stopper” for children ‘s fingers that tend to slip to the tip of the crayon.
Or, you can have your child place their fingers below the ridge toward the tip of the crayon. In this case, the “ridge” helps to open up the web space of the hand, which promotes more thumb movement.
Interested in getting your own pack of Effortless Art Crayons? Here’s another good reason to check them out:
Effortless Art Crayons Donates To The Community! For every pack that is purchased, the company donates a pack of crayons to a non-profit art or early learning school.
What’s Up Next:
Two Sparrows have a few more products on the horizon – including a carnauba wax crayon line that is 100% eco-friendly and vegan. Isn’t that Amazing?
The Effortless Art product line will grow to include pens by the third quarter of 2018.
EFFORTLESS ART CRAYONS ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Two Sparrows collect used and discarded crayons from all over the United States to recycle and recreate their adapted crayons. All of the packaging is eco-friendly. Do you have crayons you’d like to donate? Contact Two Sparrows via Social Media:
Facebook: Effortless Art Crayons
Instagram: two sparrows learning
Ten pack sells for $9.99
Five packs sell for $5.00
Three packs starter kit sells for $3.25
Class set sells for $99
PLUS- Get 10% off a ten pack of Effortless Art Crayons with the Promo Code “MissJaimeOT” until April 1st!
DOES GRIP REALLY MATTER?
Many parents and teachers disregard a grip that isn’t perfect. Is it really a big deal?
It’s normal for children to change grasp patterns as they grow from a baby to a toddler to a child, but IT IS important that they develop an efficient grasp. Teachers and parents should focus on developing the full potential of children’s hands for fine motor skills early on. It’s much harder to change an inefficient grasp once it’s “locked in”.
Benbow, M. (1987). Sensory and motor measurements of dynamic tripod skill. Unpublished masters thesis. Boston, MA: Boston University.
Zivani, J. (1987). Pencil grasp and manipulation. In J. Alston & J. Taylor (Eds.). Handwriting: theory, research, and practice (pp. 24-39). London: Croom Helm.