How to Form the Tripod Pencil Grip For Handwriting
Place a pencil on the table in front of the dominate hand.
Make a fist with the dominate hand with the thumb tucked in.
Place the fist palm side down on the table.
Pop out the thumb from the fist and wiggle back and forth.
Extend the index finger and tap on the table.
Move the index finger and thumb together to make a pincer movement like a crab’s claw.
Place the pencil between the thumb and index finger, about 2cm up from the tip for right handed writers and about 3cm for left handed writers, hold in the pincer grip. The thumb being on the side of the pencil, with the pencil resting on the middle finger.
Flick out the middle finger and curl back slightly so that the outside edge of the thumb rests on it when you use the pincer movement. This will make the hand gently roll over to rest on the outside edge of the curled up little finger and side of the hand.
The ring finger and little finger stay loosely curled up (holding a cotton wool ball in these two fingers can help keep them in place).
Forming the Tripod Pencil Grip - A Short Video Guide
Holding the pen or pencil correctly allows the fingers and wrist to move freely without putting strain on the hand, helping to improve handwriting and making it more comfortable.
The Tripod Pencil Grip is the best way to hold a pencil, for both right and left handed writers, however this isn’t the easiest grip to learn.
In this video we give tips and advice on how to hold a pencil using the Tripod Pencil Grip.