Sometimes the best tricks for teaching small children come in the form of how you present tools.
Rather than present a pre-school or kindergarten age child with a long pencil, instead give them a shortened pencil, 1/2 of a crayon, or even 1/2 a piece of chalk.
The shorter sized item forces a child to hold the pencil, crayon piece, or chalk with the fingertips only, thus avoiding the development of an incorrect grasp.
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