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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Handwriting 101: The Handwriting Basics You Need to Know!

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HANDWRITING 101: UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS

Handwriting is a complicated motor skill that requires dexterity, strength, motor planning skills, and visual memory. In the past, children learned the alphabet and how to write their letters in kindergarten. These days, children are learning how to write earlier and earlier.

Most preschools boast that they include capital and lowercase letters in their daily instruction, even though the NY state curriculum expects capitals and a few lowercase.

Why? Parents want their children to be prepared for kindergarten. Nowadays, most children are already writing on the first day of school. However, their muscles aren’t ready to start so young.

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Is your child’s learning disability actually a vision issue?

< An undiagnosed vision issue could easily be mistaken for a learning disability. Does your child have an undiagnosed vision problem?>

I’m thrilled to have pediatric OT and vision rehab specialist  Robert Constantine guest post for me today.  Did you know that school vision screenings only detect 20-30% of vision problems?

Is it an undiagnosed Vision issue?

Vision is our furthest reaching sense. It tells us 75% of what we know about the world around us.

It affects movement, balance, and reading and writing ability.

But vision is a frequently overlooked contributor to academic problems. Undiagnosed eye movement problems can mimic conditions like ADHD and dyslexia and are not identified on school screenings, making a complete vision exam a must for every child.

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How To Help A Child That Uses Too Much Pressure When Writing

Many children use too much pressure when writing.  Read on for OT tricks to conquer this problem!


“He breaks pencils like crazy, and then wastes 5 minutes each time to go sharpen it!  Why is he pressing so hard?”

The teacher’s cheeks were pink with frustration.  I could see her patience with Billy was at an all time low.

This little boy was bright, but he wasn’t producing neat work and he wasn’t finishing his work in an appropriate time frame.  And all because of one silly reason:

Too much pressure.

There are a few reasons why a child may be pressing too hard when writing, coloring and drawing.

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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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The Crucial Importance of Positioning in the Classroom

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School Day Functions – Positioning in the classroom

Positioning in the classroom is a HUGE part of student success.  In fact, “properly fitted furniture is essential if children are to learn handwriting efficiently” (Henderson &  Pehoski, 1995).

One of my biggest pet peeves about working in the school system is the gosh darn furniture.   Children are often seated in furniture that is just not the right size for them, and it totally stinks.

On top of that, many teachers have never been trained to check if a child’s desk or chair is the right size.   For the ones who do check, what are the chances that the school has other furniture available?   Sigh.  Rant Over.

The point is – what adult would tolerate working all day at a desk that was way too high? Companies spend a fortune supplying their workers with wrist supports to avoid carpal tunnel injuries and screen guards to protect employees vision.  Shouldn’t we make sure our students are in the proper position, too? Continue reading

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Fine Motor Skills and Cutting

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How to Improve Your Child’s Cutting Skills 

“Cutting?”   The mom looked at me nervously…. “Um, I’ve never given my child scissors…. I don’t want him to hurt himself….”   Her face turned red.   “Should I?!”

The poor mom was panicking as she asked me about kindergarten.  She was totally nervous that her son wouldn’t be able to keep up.  Trying to reassure her, I asked how he holds his pencil and how were his cutting skills.  And instead of making her feel better, I made it way worse!   Uh-oh.

(This happens all the time, by the way.  Moms don’t realize that kids should be cutting WAY before Kindergarten. But really – if you are worried that your kid will hurt themselves when they are sitting with you in the kitchen, do you really want them learning how to cut while the teacher is also supervising 20 other kids? )

Nah – better to get them started before school so they know what they are doing.  It gives them a “leg up” on the rest of the kids.    You can always give them those little safety scissors if you are worried that they will cut themselves.   Or the playdoh scissors, which don’t have real blades.

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