Ergonomic pens are small tools that can make a big impact by giving children a sense of independence, removing barriers to writing and removing fatigue. Discover our ergonomic pens to know how to choose the most suitable one.
Teachers often say it: facilitating learning often means using the right tools. A pen that is well suited to your child, to their possible difficulties, will really help you avoid stress, fatigue and any possible damage to your hand. In primary school the emphasis is on writing, which of course is gradually mastered, but for many children, learning to write quickly, legibly and comfortably can be a real challenge.
Reduce pain and discomfort
Unlike traditional pens that must be held firmly between your thumb and forefinger, and often target the joints and muscles that can create carpal tunnel, ergonomic pens limit the stress and contact pressure you have to apply the user. How? Reducing the work of the muscles of the wrist and hand.
How can you improve your writing and reduce hand fatigue?
Finding the right ergonomic pen can go a long way in relieving and reducing the risk of hand fatigue. But not only that, it also helps in:
Writing begins with good posture. Regardless of the ergonomics of a pen, if a child doesn’t have good posture, he or she is likely to experience hand cramps, fatigue, and other pain. Practice with him to get the correct posture: back straight, feet on the ground, shoulders and arms relaxed. Don’t hesitate to remind your child that the writing motion should come from the shoulder and arm, not the fingers.
The pen grip
The way a child holds a pen is one of the main causes of hand fatigue when writing. Every ergonomic pen is different and there is sure to be one that will give your child real comfort when writing. The grip on the pen should be relaxed so that the child does not put too much pressure on the tip of the pen. Most ergonomic pens have finger guides that allow the child to keep their finger in a tripod position between the thumb, index, and middle fingers. The writing gesture should not come only from the fingers and the wrist: the whole arm and shoulder must be mobile to facilitate writing, without tiring and cramping the fingers.
Ergonomic pens are easy to grip on both sides. An ergonomic pen grip will not be the same for a left or right handed person:
- learning to hold the pen can be done in another way, for example by holding the pen a little higher, so that the child can see what he writes without having to adopt a bad posture
- pens with quick-drying ink are preferred to prevent the child from twisting their hand and getting smudged
- the sheet the child is writing on should be tilted so that the arm is at a right angle to the bottom of the sheet
the shape of the pen
In general, long, balanced, thick pens are considered more ergonomic because they are easier to grip.
The weight of the pen
The pen should be light enough to hold, but have a heavy tip so you don’t need to apply excessive pressure to write.
The gripping material makes it much easier to grip than if it had a metal or plastic surface, which is often slippery. There’s a crowd of sleeves that fit into ergonomic pens. Your choice will depend on how the child grips the pen. This non-slip and very soft-touch coating makes these pens very pleasant to use.
How to choose the right sleeves to write
A pen with good ink flow will reduce the amount of force needed to write while minimizing hand fatigue over time.
Graphomotricity: preparation for writing
An ergonomic pen adapted to each child
Start writing with the Penagain
The Penagain These pens have a unique ergonomic shape that maintains effortless pinch pressure for the user. The gesture becomes natural. Without tiredness or tension! ideal for users with fine motor problems.
The Twist range
These pens offer smooth writing and an ergonomic design for easy gripping. Non-slip grip area provides more comfort and less fatigue. Its yellow wing has been designed by ergonomic experts to indicate the correct position of the fingers. Writing is made easy with Easy Glide™ ink, an ink that glides on easily. The twist is available in marker or fountain pen. The little bonus: the grip zone is very pleasant to the touch and provides good orientation!
The Griffix range
The Griffix range is also specially designed to prevent muscle fatigue. It has been developed in close collaboration with scientists and teachers so that it fits perfectly in the hands of children. The ergonomic design allows for a natural and relaxed typing posture. Thanks to the grip zone present on all the writing instruments in the range, your child will not have to change the position of their fingers while moving up the steps. Griffix is the first holistic concept that provides relevant help in learning to write from scratch. Hop’Toys offers you all three of the range’s writing learning tools to maintain consistency in the facilitation approach adopted: a pencil, an ink pen and a fountain pen.
The Griffix mechanical pencil is the writing instrument that will allow the child to discover if he is right-handed or left-handed. 2 models: one for left-handed people, one for right-handed people.
The Griffix ink pen is ideal for learning to write with smooth sweeping motions. Easy to handle, it has a lot in common with the fountain pen: same type of writing, good resistance on paper and fluid movements. It is also available for right and left handers!
The Griffix fountain pen teaches you to adopt clean writing. After a little training, the budding writer will be able to quickly move on to the “next class” as he embarks on this final stage of the writing learning system. The nib glides easily over the paper and children finish learning by adopting clean and neat writing. The grip your child has had for a long time will not change, it is definitely acquired. Your child is finally able to write like the adults! Also available in left and right handed versions. The little extra: the smiley face at the end of the pencil, which encourages you to continue your efforts.
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The Stabilo Fun An erasable ink pen with an ergonomic design. Its non-slip area allows a better grip and helps to place the fingers correctly. Blue ink. Fluid writing. Colors according to stock. rechargeable. The little extra: its flared shape, its design on the neck. It is important for children!
The Sensor pen uses exclusive technology that incorporates a micro-cushion that adapts to the pressure of writing on the paper: comfort is always present, even after long periods of writing. Best of all, its soft cushioning also protects the tip from deformation and breakage for better product durability. No matter how much pressure your hand exerts, the Sensor Pen adapts! The tip of each pen is coated with metal, proof of the high quality of the product. In short, a classic with a decidedly modern look. The real advantage: a nib mounted to withstand the pressure of writing.
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