It’s always fun for us to try out new preschool supplies! For this review, The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent us two of their products to try out: The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit.
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The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors are perfect for preschoolers ages 3 and up. What makes these scissors unique is the permanent plastic safety shield that ensures little fingers won’t end up getting pinched and/or cut. Because of this safety shield, the blades can be sharp rather than dull, like most other scissors meant for preschoolers. The scissors also have a fold away spring, that when open, automatically reopens the scissors after being squeezed shut. This is especially useful for a child with limited hand strength or coordination.
- Step 1: The Crossover Grip – Training: The “super hero cape” goes over the fingers to provide structure and reinforce proper positioning.
- Step 2: The Pinch Grip – Transition: The smaller “wings” continue to provide structure, but allow more freedom and allow for visual reinforcement of positioning.
- Step 3: The Pencil Grip Original – Graduation: Provides continued comfort and control.
The colors vary, but in the picture above, step 1 is green, step 2 is red, and step 3 is blue.
How We Used Our Preschool Supplies
Booger was excited to use his new scissors. He quickly got to work with cutting up any and all paper I would give him. We had paper confetti everywhere!
It took a little but of adjustment time to figure out how to feed the paper into the shield, but each cut was a clean cut. With another pair of scissors that we have, the paper would bend between the blades and he would be tearing the paper rather than cutting it. Having sharp blades really made a difference!
Monkey and I also gave the scissors a try. We both found that they were great to use when making straight cuts, but curves were really hard. The shield would get in the way and made it almost impossible to cut out a circle. Monkey also had trouble using these scissors for detail cutting. The bottom blade (that goes into the shield) is slightly shorter than the top blade, so he couldn’t judge when he had reached the inside corner (he was trying to cut out a body shape and couldn’t get into the armpit).
For me, I felt like the scissors were upside down. I kept wanting to hold them so that the guard was on top, rather than under the paper.
The Crossover Grip (Step 1) was perfect for Booger. He’s just learning how to properly hold a pencil and using this grip will help him learn correct finger positioning from the start. He really liked the “super hero cape” that held his fingers in place.
I had Monkey use The Pinch Grip (Step 2). He has a pretty good grip already, but complains that his fingers get tired while writing. This pencil grip helped him write more comfortably and ensured that his grip didn’t get sloppy.
Overall, we were pleased with the preschool supplies The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent us. The scissors appear to be appropriate for both right handed and left handed children (I couldn’t find anything on their website to confirm this, but Booger used them as a lefty with no problem!). The scissors are definitely more suited to a brand new scissor user who isn’t going to be cutting out complex designs – straight cuts worked best.
The pencil grips were helpful for both boys and did just what they were supposed to do.
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