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July 18, 2023 by Sophie 0 Comments

Gross motor skills and Fine motor skills

Gross motor skills and fine motor skills are both important aspects of a child’s development and involve different types of movements.

Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscle groups and the coordination of body movements eg walking, climing, throwing and catching a ball etc. Developing strong gross motor skills is essential for children to engage in physical activities, It also lays the foundation for the development of fine motor skills.

Fine motor skills involve the use of smaller muscle groups, particularly those in the hands and fingers, to perform precise movements. These skills are necessary for activities that require hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and control. Eg writing, buttoning and playing instruments etc. Fine motor skills also support cognitive development, as they allow children to explore and interact with their environment in more detailed and controlled ways.

Clever Eli is a multi-sensory handwriting book that helps children improve their pre-writing skills and handwriting performance. Designed and developed in conjunction with Occupational therapists and school teachers, over 250 schools are using Clever Eli books.👍

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July 18, 2023 by Sophie 0 Comments

Grooved tracing or dot-to-dot tracing?

Grooved tracing and dot-to-dot tracing are two different methods used for developing fine motor skills, particularly in young children.

Grooved tracing focuses on developing the child’s ability to control and coordinate their finger or hand movements as they follow the grooves or lines. Dot-to-dot tracing primarily targets hand-eye coordination.

Clever Eli’s grooved design can provide several benefits for improving handwriting skills, particularly for children who may have difficulties with letter formation, spacing, or alignment.

Here are some potential benefits:

-Enhanced guidance: The grooved lines act as a visual and tactile guide, providing a clear structure and direction for forming letters.

– Improved letter spacing: The grooves aid in maintaining consistent spacing between letters and words. By following the grooves, children can develop a better sense of letter placement and reduce overcrowding or uneven spacing.

– Enhanced motor control,

– Increased awareness of baseline

– Confidence-building: The structured nature of the grooved design can boost confidence in children who struggle with handwriting. It provides a supportive environment that encourages practice, leading to improved skills and increased self-assurance.

Both grooved tracing and dot-to-dot tracing have their own benefits and can be used in combination to enhance fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive abilities in children. It’s important to provide a variety of activities to promote well-rounded development in these areas.

Designed and developed in conjunction with Occupational Therapists and School Teachers, Clever Eli is unique learning tool. Over 250 schools are using Clever Eli handwriting books in Australia, NZ,South Africa, Taiwan and the US.

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September 10, 2020 by Sophie 0 Comments

Holding a pen

Holding a pen correctly requires strong finger and hand muscles. Most children don’t have fine motor control or strength to hold a pen until they are 4 years of age. How to hold a pen can affect a child’s motor/joint development. Therefore, it is very important to correct a poor pencil/ pen grip earlier rather than later. A functional pen grip will allow hand and finger muscles to move freely, which can help your children’s handwriting skills.