Save those broken crayons! If you look through the crayon boxes at our clinic, you will find a fine collection of broken crayons. Is it because the children accidentally break them while coloring? Nope! We break them on purpose.
When a child holds a standard length crayon, there is more opportunity for dysfunctional grasp patterns. However, when they hold a short stub of a crayon, they are more likely to maintain a functional tripod or quadrupod grasp pattern.
The same theory goes for pencils as well. We use short golf pencils, Handwriting Without Tears pencils or half-used pencils for most of our children at the clinic in order to help promote efficient grasp patterns.