Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Sarah's Family Daycare

Where It All Starts With Nurturing Relationships



Learning to Write with Block Crayons

Posted on December 20, 2015 at 8:40 PM

The early years provides the foundation for being successful in school and in life. I have also seen the early years referred to as the developmental years, which I like, because it makes it clear that the emphasis in the early years is on development goals and not academic goals.  One developmental goal in the early years, is developing pre-writing abilities or skills.  When these skills are adequately developed a chid will then be able to hold a pencil and write using a tripod grasp.  

To enable children to form a tripod grasp on a pencil between four and seven years of age, they first need to adequately develop the different abilities or skills.  During a workshop on pre-writing skills, the Ontario Parent Resource Centre stated that encouraging “proper” pencil grasp before these abilities are adequately developed often will lead to children developing unusual grasps or even discourage children’s interest in drawing and/or writing. So it seems that the best way to help our young children in the developmental years learn to write effectively (later on), is to focus on developing the pre-writing abilities.

When watching children use markers or crayons, it seems that there is less opportunity to develop these pre-writing abilities as it goes directly at requiring a certain grasp, which could result in them developing the wrong grasp. Waldorf early childhood programs have an alternative to stick crayons and markers, the block crayon.

After watching tutorials about using block crayons and reading about them, block crayons look like they will provide an opportunity to develop the pre-writing abilities more effectively and hopefully will provide a better foundation for the little ones in my daycare to form a proper tripod grasp later on. These are the pre-writing abilities:

1) To hold something in your hands while using your fingers ( e.g. sort items into a container using a pincer grasp)

The block crayon is held in the fingers and hands and any edge or surface of the block may be used. Markers or stick crayons, for the most part, only provide one surface to draw with.


2) To use different amounts of pressure (e.g. use tweezers to pick up objects without denting them)

The block crayons are made of beeswax and appear to provide a greater range of contrast depending on the amount of pressure applied compared to regular wax crayons. Also, when too much pressure is applied to traditional stick crayons they break. The number of online posts and tutorials with suggestions for how to use broken pieces of crayons are a testament to have frequently this happens. Online reviews for block crayons suggest that bock crayons are quite unlikely to break and often can last many years.


Markers provide almost no opportunity to experiment with different amounts of pressure. Whether you press firmly or softly, the mark on the page is the same.


3) To have general hand development, including the arches of the hands (e.g. roll a ball of playdough in the hands or roll a set of dice)

Markers and stick crayons are intended to be held in only one manner and do not provide an opportunity for using the palm of the hand. Block crayons do provide the opportunity to use the palm of the hand for drawing.


4) To develop wrist strength and ability (e.g. use a roller to flatten playdough)

I am not entirely sure if block crayons provide a greater range of motion in the wrist then with stick crayons or markers, but it is at least comparable.


5) To have hand strength (e.g. string beads) and to develop the ability to manipulate objects with the finger tips (e.g. open jars or containers)

Again, markers and stick crayons are intended to be held in only one manner and do not provide different edges or surfaces for drawing. Block crayons, on the other hand, can be held and manipulated with the finger tips to change surfaces or edges for drawing.

For more information on the pre-writing abilities, you can download the resource From Scribbling to Writing: A Guide to Fine Motor Development from the OPRC.

Also, I have observed the toddlers in my care, when presented with different colours to choose become pre-occupied with making choices e.g. changing colours. I am hoping that with more  edges to use for drawing, they can assert their desire to make choices through exploration of the different drawing effects that the block crayons make. And in turn, if their focus is on the drawing and the different effects they can make with colour, hopefully that will that result in a richer and more meaningful art experience overall.

If you are interested in giving block crayons a try, I had a very positive customer experience shopping with Maple Rose, a Canadian supplier of materials used in waldorf early childhood programs and schools.  And as you probably are guessing right now, they are more expensive then typical wax crayons, definitely. At the same time, they are made from beeswax, a natural material, and they typically last much longer then stick crayons. Finally, if they are more effective for developing children`s pre-writing abilities and enhance children`s artistic experiences at the same time, then in my opinion, it is money well spent.  


Categories: School Readiness, Pre-Writing Skills, Art Experiences

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply Annafep
2:30 AM on December 2, 2022 
where to buy celexa
Reply kyrie shoes
1:29 AM on December 2, 2022 
I wish to express some thanks to this writer just for rescuing me from this particular setting. As a result of looking throughout the online world and seeing recommendations which are not pleasant, I figured my entire life was over. Living devoid of the answers to the difficulties you have solved by means of this report is a serious case, as well as ones that would have badly damaged my entire career if I hadn't noticed your web blog. Your good skills and kindness in touching every item was invaluable. I don't know what I would've done if I hadn't discovered such a step like this. I can now look ahead to my future. Thank you very much for the specialized and results-oriented help. I will not hesitate to refer the blog to any individual who needs and wants support on this situation.
kyrie shoes
Reply kobe byrant shoes
1:29 AM on December 2, 2022 
I wanted to send you the bit of note to give thanks again with your awesome things you have discussed in this case. It is quite extremely generous of you to offer openly all that most of us could have advertised as an e-book in making some profit on their own, most importantly seeing that you could possibly have tried it if you wanted. Those solutions also acted as a good way to be sure that someone else have similar passion similar to mine to learn whole lot more with respect to this problem. I am certain there are millions of more fun moments in the future for individuals who examine your website.
kobe byrant shoes
Reply supreme hoodie
1:29 AM on December 2, 2022 
I definitely wanted to construct a word so as to appreciate you for these precious concepts you are posting here. My rather long internet search has finally been rewarded with pleasant suggestions to talk about with my close friends. I 'd mention that most of us visitors actually are quite lucky to exist in a decent site with so many marvellous professionals with interesting plans. I feel extremely lucky to have come across the web pages and look forward to tons of more entertaining moments reading here. Thanks a lot again for all the details.
supreme hoodie
Reply off white x jordan 1
1:29 AM on December 2, 2022 
Thanks so much for giving everyone remarkably marvellous chance to read critical reviews from this blog. It is usually so nice plus full of a lot of fun for me and my office fellow workers to search your web site at the very least three times per week to read the newest issues you will have. And of course, I am at all times astounded for the astounding advice you serve. Some 4 facts in this article are in reality the most suitable I have had.
off white x jordan 1
Reply kd shoes
1:28 AM on December 2, 2022 
I needed to draft you that bit of remark so as to say thank you yet again for these precious suggestions you've contributed on this website. It was so remarkably generous of you to supply publicly precisely what most of us would've offered for sale for an e-book to get some money on their own, especially considering the fact that you could possibly have done it in the event you considered necessary. Those creative ideas also acted to become fantastic way to be sure that other people online have the identical keenness just as mine to learn a whole lot more when considering this problem. I think there are numerous more fun opportunities ahead for individuals who find out your blog.
kd shoes
Reply Portable Energy Storage Connector
8:53 PM on December 1, 2022 
Lovely Bunny Printed Heart Shaped Packaging Comb
Portable Energy Storage Connector
Reply goyard
5:38 PM on December 1, 2022 
Thanks a lot for providing individuals with an exceptionally nice chance to read critical reviews from this site. It's usually so brilliant and as well , full of amusement for me and my office acquaintances to search your website at a minimum 3 times every week to read the fresh issues you have got. And definitely, I'm so at all times satisfied with your spectacular tips you serve. Certain 1 points on this page are truly the simplest I've ever had.
Reply supreme new york
5:38 PM on December 1, 2022 
Thanks for every one of your efforts on this site. Kate take interest in conducting investigation and it is easy to understand why. We notice all about the dynamic mode you provide valuable suggestions by means of the web blog and therefore boost contribution from some others about this content so our favorite daughter has always been learning a great deal. Have fun with the remaining portion of the new year. You're doing a pretty cool job.
supreme new york
Reply a bathing ape
5:38 PM on December 1, 2022 
I enjoy you because of all of your labor on this web page. Ellie enjoys participating in investigations and it's really simple to grasp why. Many of us know all regarding the lively medium you provide very useful ideas on your blog and welcome contribution from others on this subject then my princess is certainly learning a lot. Enjoy the rest of the new year. You are always doing a splendid job.
a bathing ape
Reply off white clothing
5:38 PM on December 1, 2022 
Thank you for all your valuable efforts on this web site. Gloria really likes doing investigations and it's really obvious why. A lot of people know all regarding the powerful ways you deliver important steps through your web site and attract response from website visitors on the situation while our girl is always studying so much. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the new year. You're the one performing a powerful job.
off white clothing
Reply supreme shoes
5:37 PM on December 1, 2022 
I simply wished to thank you very much yet again. I do not know what I could possibly have sorted out without those smart ideas revealed by you directly on such a concern. It was before an absolute frightful circumstance in my circumstances, but noticing the very well-written style you solved the issue took me to leap for fulfillment. I am just grateful for your assistance and thus sincerely hope you know what a powerful job you were doing teaching others all through your site. Most likely you've never got to know all of us.
supreme shoes
Reply jordan travis scott
1:42 PM on December 1, 2022 
I and also my buddies happened to be going through the good helpful tips found on your web site while all of the sudden I got a horrible feeling I had not expressed respect to you for those tips. My young boys appeared to be as a consequence passionate to learn them and have really been taking advantage of them. Thanks for actually being so kind and also for opting for this kind of exceptional subject areas most people are really eager to be aware of. Our sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to sooner.
jordan travis scott
Reply yeezy 500
1:41 PM on December 1, 2022 
I wanted to put you that very small note to thank you yet again on the remarkable advice you've featured in this case. It was generous of you giving unreservedly exactly what a lot of people would've made available as an e-book to get some cash for themselves, specifically considering the fact that you could possibly have done it if you ever decided. Those concepts also acted to provide a fantastic way to realize that someone else have the identical eagerness really like mine to understand great deal more concerning this issue. I think there are numerous more fun moments in the future for people who look over your website.
yeezy 500
Reply off white hoodie
1:41 PM on December 1, 2022 
Needed to write you a little bit of note to be able to thank you very much again for these unique solutions you've documented on this site. It is really tremendously open-handed with you to give unreservedly all a number of us could possibly have made available as an e-book to help with making some dough on their own, chiefly since you could have tried it in the event you desired. These solutions in addition acted to provide a great way to be certain that other people have a similar passion much like my own to understand significantly more regarding this matter. I believe there are numerous more pleasurable opportunities up front for those who check out your site.
off white hoodie
Reply bape sneakers
1:41 PM on December 1, 2022 
Thanks a lot for giving everyone such a marvellous chance to read articles and blog posts from this web site. It is usually so superb and also packed with a great time for me personally and my office mates to visit your web site really three times every week to learn the latest tips you will have. And of course, I'm always satisfied with the splendid ideas you serve. Some 3 tips in this posting are unequivocally the most impressive we've had.
bape sneakers
Reply supreme clothing
1:41 PM on December 1, 2022 
Thanks a lot for giving everyone an extremely marvellous opportunity to check tips from this site. It is always very kind and as well , jam-packed with amusement for me personally and my office peers to visit your web site more than three times in one week to find out the fresh issues you have got. And definitely, I am also usually pleased with all the outstanding guidelines you serve. Some 3 areas in this posting are definitely the most efficient I've had.
supreme clothing
Reply Briancrith
11:47 AM on December 1, 2022 
url= says...
???????????????? neoline x cop 9100s ????
Reply Briancrith
8:39 AM on December 1, 2022 
???????? ? ???????? neoline x cop 9100s ???? ?????? ?? ????? ?????
Reply golden goose outlet
4:53 AM on December 1, 2022 
My husband and i were ecstatic that Ervin could conclude his inquiry using the precious recommendations he acquired from your web site. It's not at all simplistic to simply be releasing secrets that other folks could have been selling. Therefore we grasp we have got the writer to appreciate for this. Most of the illustrations you've made, the simple site menu, the relationships you make it possible to create - it's got most overwhelming, and it is facilitating our son in addition to our family imagine that that article is brilliant, and that's especially mandatory. Many thanks for the whole lot!
golden goose outlet