Effortless art crayons

Effortless Art Crayons

“Effortless Art Crayons”  is a sponsored post

“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!

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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.

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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:

Website:  www.effortlessartcrayons.com

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”.

References:

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.

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9 Fabulous Fine Motor Fads to Revive on the Playground

Thank goodness the fidget fad is fading.

Even though every child has one hidden away in their pocket or backpack, the intense obsession with every kind of fidget spinners is slowly dwindling.

A few months ago, when fidgets were more popular than  big hair in the 80’s, parents and teachers kept asking me, “What do you think of these fidget spinners?

Truthfully, a fad is a fad.  Fidgets can be helpful for some kids in some situations.  I can see how some teachers would find them a complete nuisance in the classroom.  BUT, on the other hand, it’s awesome that another fine motor fad made its way back to popularity.

As an OT in a public school setting, I find that children’s fine motor skills are growing weaker and weaker.  Children are playing with Ipads and other techy toys that don’t require motor skills or dexterity.  It takes spinning, flicking, and using in-hand manipulation to move those spinners, so I look at it as a good thing.

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A Valentine’s Day Motor Monday: Super Simple Hand Strengthening

I have a confession: I love the Dollar Store.  I just do.

The problem is that it’s impossible to leave without a few extra things.

BUT – that’s how I ended up with my latest and greatest Valentine’s Motor Centers.  

I swear I just went in there for a couple of birthday cards, but when I saw the “seasonal section” filled with Valentine’s Goodies, I couldn’t resist.

These adorable pink and red Valentine’s Day “table scatter” hearts were the perfect size for little hands to work on grasping.  I just started adding to my basket.  

Sigh.

Why resist?  It’s for the children!

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Middle School and Handwriting

How to Improve Horrendous Handwriting When All Hope Is Lost

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Handwriting and Middle School

Middle School and Handwriting  – part 2

When I first learned that I was getting hired in the district where I currently work, I was beyond thrilled.     A school district job!  It’s like winning the lottery!

Then I heard the rest…

I would be split between two schools.

Okay…I can live with that.

Two MIDDLE schools.  Teenagers.  

Ummm, I’m not sure I can live with that!

I can still remember the creep of red crawling up my neck as I answered the principal on the phone. “Great!  Looking forward to it!”

A million scenarios ran through my head- Will they listen to me?  What if they’re rude? I’m so used to the little kiddos – will I be able to do it?  Butterflies were flying wildly in my stomach.  Self-doubt had totally set in.  

But to tell you the truth – I loved it. The kids were great. Teenagers are just big kids, full of laughter and good-natured mischief.

What really did stink?   All the Handwriting.  Oh, the handwriting.   

Reading messy handwriting is seriously torturous.  Like… comparable to squinting at the sun.handwriting and middle school

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A Quick & Easy Shoe-Tying Trick

A QUick & EAsy SHoe Tying Trick

Today’s Idea: Use two different color pipe cleaners taped to a table to teach your child how to tie a bow.

I’ve taught hundreds of children how to tie. One of the most difficult and frustrating things about tying is that children have to keep both hands on the laces at all times, or the laces will “flop” and you lose your “bow” or “loop”, etc. With pipe cleaners, the loops stay in position, even if the child takes their hands away. This helps them to see what the laces should look like, and makes it less frustrating.

 

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Best Baby Shower Gift Ever And It’s Not On The Registry

<Baby shower gifts can be so dull and boring.  Finally, a different personal  baby shower gift that the new mom definitely didn’t register for, The Best Baby Shower Gift Ever>


I have a confession:  I hate baby showers.

And bridal showers too.

I know it makes me a horrible  person.  And I am TRULY happy for my friend and their new milestone.  I just hate having to sit somewhere for four hours drinking punch with no liquor in it when I could be reading a book, going to yoga or cleaning out my closet.

I’m a terrible person.  I know.

BUT – I suck it up and do my womanly duty because it’s the right thing to do and I know my friend needs the loot.

Plus, I LOVE to give presents.  I always give my BEST EVER “Miss Jaime OT” baby shower gift. I’ve perfected it over the years and every one of my friends has gushed about how useful it was.   Plus, NO ONE thinks to register for it.

 I can’t wait to share it with you!

Every new mom registers for diapers, bottles, and sheets, etc.  They go up and down the aisles aiming their “gift gun” at all kinds of silly things that they may never end up using; noise machines, diaper genies, and special “baby” detergent.

BUT THEY ALWAYS FORGET THIS ESSENTIAL ITEM.

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inventing snaptype

How To Bring Your OT App Invention To Life

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INVENTING SNAPTYPE

Amberlynn Slavin, a college student in an Occupational Therapy program, came up with this amazing idea and then brought it to fruition.   I find myself brimming with ideas, but I’ve still never invented anything!  Amberlynn was kind enough to answer a few questions about the process of inventing and developing an app.

Here are the questions that I had for Amberlynn….

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