Safety and Research
Play Based Learning
An x ray of a developed hand (around the age of 7) compared to an EYFS age child’s hand is pretty informative. Also occupational therapists issue fantastic advice on how to develop handwriting in an age appropriate way matched to children’s physical development. pic.twitter.com/DambEmTKLg
— Ruth Swailes #FFF (@SwailesRuth) 11 July 2019
So to summerise, nurturing the whole body and not focusing in on the tool, the pen or pencil, allows children to grow into their capabilities. Pen like toys, too early, just limit safe play in toddlers and distract us of where the real work is happening in preschoolers: in play!