Hi, my name is Barbara Lee and I taught children with special needs for 23 years. I invented Crayon Rocks after being inspired by Jan Olsen, OTR, and the Handwriting Without Tears program. I learned from her how important it was to develop early a good tripod grip. Handwriting skills depends upon this.
Since a child's first writing tool is usually a crayon, that crayon should be one that encourages him or her to use thumb, first and second fingers in a tripod grip. This is what makes Crayon Rocks a wonderful tool for fine motor development.
A Little Goes a Long WayA really good crayon should take very little effort in applying great swaths of color to the paper. In fact, that crayon should be as much like paint as possible. Rich color that goes on smoothly and easily helps little fingers to grow strong as they spill their creative ideas onto paper.
I wanted a coloring tool that students with grip strength problems and disorders effecting fine motor control
could use AND enjoy. It has been lots of fun to see what my students do with their Crayon Rocks.
How to Best Use Crayon Rocks
|1.) You can help your children draw beautiful pictures by first starting with a strong drawing before trying to fill in the colors. Simple shapes, cleanly done, make for the most satisfying pictures. Outlining with a marker or pointy crayon after coloring adds definition and covers any stray marks they may not like.|| ||2.) Then encourage them to use the flat sides of the crayon instead of the tip so they get broad swaths of color on the paper. Tell them to cover up ALL the white paper. ALL of IT! They will be glad they did and it’s not hard with Crayon Rocks.|
|3.) Tell them to put some muscle behind the crayon. Really press down. And don’t be afraid to layer colors. If they don’t like what they’ve done, chances are they can scrape it off or erase it off.|| ||4.) In the end, give the picture a quick buff with tissue or the palm of the hand. The surface will shine up like it has been waxed….which, of course, it has!|