If we could be able to say that the child is fully developed graphomotor skills and is ready for learning to write letters, a child must satisfy the following criteria:

1. The child must develop the full flexibility of hand and fingers
2. The child holds on the pen with developed dynamic tripod grasp
3. The child has an adequate pencil pressure
4. Lines on paper are clear
5. The child can connect from dot to dot
6. Child draw straight, wavy and circular lines
7. The child can scratch off the circle, square, triangle and rhombus.
8. The child can color between the lines
9. The child draws recognizable drawings 
10.The child can scratch off his name in capital letters

AGE

GRIP

ACTIVITY

10-18 months

Gross Palmar grasp (Strong grasp)

The child draws on a paper by moving the arm from the shoulder forward and backward.

2 years

Digital Pronate Grasp

The child moves his hand from the shoulder to draw a horizontal, vertical and circular lines.

3 years

Static Tripod Grasp

At this age, a child can scratch off the horizontal, vertical and circular lines.

4-5 years

Dynamic Tripod Grasp

The child can scratch off a cross, a diagonal line, a square, and some letters and numbers. The most frequent activity is practicing writing his name.

5 – 6 years

Dynamic Tripod Grasp

The child can write his name and the most of capital letters. He can scratch off the triangle.

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