Experts Say Using A Touchscreen Affects Pencil Grip In Children

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We live in a world where technology is normal part and parcel of life.

Parents give their kids early access to tech tools like iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and many of these kids hardly have time for pencils and pen. They would rather play games on mummy’s phone than scribble or colour a colouring book.  This move in the use of tech tools for learning and play has a negative effect on kid’s ability to grip pencils.

Medical personnel observed that the ‘hand strength and dexterity’ of children getting into the school have changed negatively compared to those who started schools years back. Now children find it difficult to grip a pencil properly because their fundamental movement skills are not well developed due to weak finger muscles that result from using touchscreens.

Researchers emphasized the importance of developing good handwriting skills because the most sophisticated schools with all the tech tools still use pencils and pen.

Kids should be given a lot of opportunities to gain control over their finger and build the muscles to develop their fine motor skills.  As more kids fail to develop good handwriting skills, many fingers are being pointed to the overuse of technology at home.

Here are meaningful ways you can engage your kids to develop a handwriting skill;

2- 3 years old

  • Do not give your babies or toddlers tech gadgets as toys.
  • Engage them in activities that will strengthen their finger muscles
  • Colouring with crayons and chalk
  • Playing with building blocks
  • Solving simple jigsaw puzzles
  • Stringing large beads
  • Building sand castles
  • Pouring water into containers of various sizes
  • Playing dress up with dolls

4 to 5-year-olds

  • Engage them in writing, drawing, and painting
  • Playing card and board games
  • Build stuffs with clay
  • Cutting and pasting on cardboards
  • Building structures with blocks