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Handwriting

There are many reasons children find if difficult to learn to write. Handwriting involves the combination of several skills including : fine motor control, posture, visual perception, motor planning and visual motor integration. The range of products below are specific to handwriting skills. You may also like to look in the above sections on our site to source equipment to assist in these areas. An assessment with an Occupational Therapist will help determine the underlying issues impacting on your child's writing.


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  • Alphabet Lotto Game

    $39.75
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    Learn the letters of the alphabet with this fun lotto game. Try to be the first player to find all the cards that match the letters or pictures on your lotto board. Use this game for developing visual memory as well as literacy skills.

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  • Angled or Slope Boards


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    Angled Boards (or slope boards) help children to maintain an upright sitting posture and a more extended wrist position while writing. An angled writing surface is highly recommended by Occupational Therapists and Optometrists. Skillbuilders Angled Boards are made of strong, clear perspex with a metal clip. They are designed at a 20 degree recommended angle. Small rubber stoppers at the base prevent movement. They are designed to be lightweight and portable, without compromising strength and stability.

    The regular size is 33cm wide x 40cm deep (the width is the base edge closest to the child).

    The large size is 50cm wide x 40cm deep. 

    Extra features:

    * Tracing slope boards have an extra layer of perspex. You can slide worksheets, tracing mazes, etc between the two layers so children can practice the activity with a whiteboard marker before doing it 'for real' on the paper! 

    * The Collapsible Angled Board provides another option which can be folded flat for easier storage.

    * Introducing our new 'STORAGE ANGLED BOARDS'. These boards double as a desk and drawer, with the writing surface being the lid. They are 40cm wide - a width to provide a practical storage space, but not too wide to be too heavy. We have made them in a glass-like black so that children aren't visually distracted by the contents inside. Storage Boards are only available for local pick-up.

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  • Ark's Pen Tips (3 Pack)

    $16.50
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    Ark's Pen Tips turn any Z-Vibe® into a vibrating sensory handwriting tool!  When used with any Z-Vibe® handle (sold separately), the soothing vibrations are felt in the hand, but do not affect the actual writing.  Perfect for individuals with sensory integration issues and/or poor fine motor control to help their writing skills.  
    • Z-Vibe® handles and other accessories sold separately.  
    • Each Pen Tip measures approximately 5cm in length and just under 1cm in diameter.  
    • This listing is for 3 Pen Tip attachments of varying colours.
    • Caution: contains small parts that may pose a choking hazard.  This therapeutic tool should be used under adult supervision at all times.  Not for children under 3 years of age.

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  • Bath Art


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    Paint, play and create fruity flavoured bubbles in the bath! Practice grip strength and pre-writing skills at the same time in a fun, playful way. 5 assorted colours with fruity fragrances. Berry, Strawberry, Apple, Orange and Grape. Make bath time fun & fabulous!

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  • Bath Crayons

    $9.50
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    A great fun way to encourage children to engage in drawing activities. They wash off the bath surface easily. 

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  • Bath Crayons with Duck Sponge

    $13.50
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    Bath time is a great opportunity to practice pre-writing and writing skills, best of all because it's happening on a vertical surface and in a fun situation.
    Write on, wipe off! Children can draw on their body, the tiles and the bath with great designs and drawings and wipe off with the sponge! No mess!

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  • Bendeez Pen

    $4.50
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    A brilliant fidget option for older students who need something to assist concentration. Totally cool at the same time! Writes in blue ink. 

    Bendeez are constructed of a flexible plastic with a soft texture allowing them to bend into any shape imaginable! 


    NB Not recommended as a chew option.



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  • Besties

    $14.95
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    Kids can have fun with these odorless, non-toxic, water based markers. These colourful markers feature character shaped caps and wide bases which are full of fun and encourage a grip style which will allow more mature grips to emerge. Set of 6 markers.Come in selection of Dinosaurs, Dogs, Fantasy, Farm and Sea Life.

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  • Big Book of Making Words

    $35.00
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    Big Book of Making Words contains phonic activities with a large selection of consistent activities to save teachers and therapists time and give children hands-on experiences. They can be used as part of a teaching program for a whole group or for individual children. The activities consolidate, extend and revise sounds and give students confidence while making new words in a familiar format. They can be photocopied, enlarged, laminated, cut up and used in a variety of ways. 
      
    Making Words can be used for:
    • putting words in sentences
    • finding rhyming words
    • word sort activities
    • learning new words and revising known words
    • finding words in the dictionary
    • adding endings and beginnings to base words
    • finding other words with the same sound
    • as a base for handwriting activities
    • A sequential, curriculum-based book that is useful for parents, teachers, OT's and Speechies. For 5-7 years. 

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  • Bubblegum Brushes

    $2.90
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    Poster, glue and acrylic brush with a chunky grip for young children. Discourages a 'dagger' grasp.

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  • Chalkboard DIY Building Blocks

    $16.50
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    These blocks are not just ordinary blocks! This is a great VMI activity for therapists to use to have children translate images from parts to whole and whole to parts, to work out how the pieces can go together to re-create their drawing, etc. We can create picture templates as starting points for kids to complete (visual closure), copy from memory (visual memory), or just copy (visual spatial skills). We can create a building design for children to copy onto a piece of paper (VMI) then take it down so they can rebuild it by imitating, copying, or from memory.  And kids can build their own house design from scratch. Heaps of applications!


    Includes 9 chalkboard blocks, 7 pieces of chalk and 1 duster - 21 pieces altogether. Made of wood. Largest block measures 9 H x 4.5 W x 2cm D. Ages 3yrs+
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  • Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers


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    These Pencil Toppers are made from the same material as the Chew Stixx Oral Motor Chew. If your child bites, chews, or grinds, give them something safe to chew on. The use of this product decreases exposure to dangerous chemicals, is safe for teeth, is socially accptable, is allowed in classrooms, increases attention, reduces anxiety, and has been proven to improve concentration in children constantly seeking sensory input.

    For 4 years plus due to choking hazard.

    All of the Chew Stixx products are BP, Phthalate, and Latex free.


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  • Coko Learning Bricks


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    The Coko Learning Bricks collection provides an excellent way for children to develop literacy skills using concrete materials. There are small (16cm x 16cm) and large size base plates (28.5cm x 28.5cm) which are also compatable with Duplo, meaning you can combine literacy building with construction play - so much more interesting!

    There are 40 capital letters and 50 lower case letters in foundation font with teachers notes. The diagraph set includes diagraphs for word building eg: 'sh', 'ch', 'th' etc. in foundation script with a CD and teacher notes included. 

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  • Coloured Line Go-Stop Writing Pads

    $10.25
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    Specifically designed writing paper using the theme 'sky, trees, ground' to highlight top, middle and bottom lines for writing. Great tool to help children learn sizing of letters in relation to each other. Available in pads of 50 pages. The Go-Stop variation is to help children establish left to right directionality with their writing.

    Verbal prompts to help children learn ........

    Brown line   =  The Ground  

    (all letters sit on the ground, some letters go 'underground', e.g.  y  q  p)

    Green Line  =  The Trees       

    (small letters start in the trees and sit on the ground, e.g.  a  c  e)

    Blue Line     =  The Sky         

    (tall letters and capital letters start in the sky)


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  • Coloured Line Story Pads

    $10.25
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    Specifically designed writing paper using the theme 'sky, trees, ground' to highlight top, middle and bottom lines for writing. Great tool to help children learn sizing of letters in relation to each other. Available in pads of 50 pages. This is our NEW 'Story' version with a box for drawing a picture and space for a Title at the top. Ideal set up also for Daily Diary.

    Verbal prompts to help children learn......

    Brown line   =  The Ground  

    (all letters sit on the ground, some letters go 'underground', e.g.  y  q  p)

    Green Line  =  The Trees       

    (small letters start in the trees and sit on the ground, e.g.  a  c  e)

    Blue Line     =  The Sky         

    (tall letters and capital letters start in the sky)


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  • Coloured Line Writing Pads


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    Specifically designed writing paper using the theme 'sky, trees, ground' to highlight top, middle and bottom lines for writing. Great tool to help children learn sizing of letters in relation to each other. Available in pads of 50 pages. Larger sized lines for preprimary and Year 1 (24mm), and narrower lines for Years 2 and 3 (18mm).

    Verbal prompts to help children learn ........

    Brown line   =  The Ground  

    (all letters sit on the ground, some letters go 'underground', e.g.  y  q  p)

    Green Line  =  The Trees       

    (small letters start in the trees and sit on the ground, e.g.  a  c  e)

    Blue Line     =  The Sky         

    (tall letters and capital letters start in the sky)


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  • Comfort Cool CMC Stabiliser


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    Provides direct support for the thumb CMC joint while allowing full finger function
    • Made of thin, 1.6mm perforated neoprene with a terry cloth liner that helps keep skin cool and comfortable.
    • Reinforced stitching allows the splint to be trimmed below the thumb MP joint if desired.
    • Specifically designed for medial subluxation of the thumb CMC joint.
    • Provides gentle compression that helps relieve thumb discomfort associated with CMC joint instability.
    • Contoured neoprene strap wraps around the thumb CMC joint and the first metacarpal for direct CMC joint support.
    • Anti-microbial and is not made with natural rubber latex.
    • Available in black only.
    To size, measure palm circumference:
    Toddler size = 11-14cm
    Youth size = 14-17cm 

    Available for left and right hands



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  • Compression Wrist Sleeve


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    Designed using compression zone technology which provides medical grade support & graduated compression to provide maximum comfort and stability. Soft, hypo-allergenic gel stabiliser zones keep the sleeve in position while providing extra support & stabilisation where needed the most. This patent-pending device is the only graduated compression wrist support available today. Graduated compression is proven to reduce fatigue and pain associated with instability.   

    We have used these sleeves with great results in Occupational Therapy. They provide extra stability for kids with hypermobility, increased proprioceptive feedback which aids fine motor control, and they help reduce the fatigue associated with pain during longer periods of handwriting.
    The small size which will fit children/teenagers with a wrist circumference of 13-15cm (measured just above the wrist bones at the smallest point). There is no smaller size at this stage. We now also have medium (16-18cm) and large (19-21cm).


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  • Crayon Rocks


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    Fantastic drawing tool for little hands, to promote a lovely tripod grasp. No matter which way your child holds their crayon rock, their fingers will be in a tripod position. This strengthens the muscles and prepares the fingers and hands for pen and pencil use. Made with soy bean wax. 

    Blue velvet bag comes with 8 colours 

    Red velvet bag comes with 16 colours

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  • Crossover Pencil Grip


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    This is the new design from the makers of The Pencil Grip. This grip is highly recommended to assist children to learn to maintain a comfortable grip without thumb-wrapping. Now our most popular pencil grip! This grip has a soft, comfortable feel and is suitable for left or right handers.

     

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  • Early Start Beeswax Triangle Crayons

    $17.70
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    These are crayons designed for little hands in the 2 to 4 year age group. Soft triangle crayons are made from beeswax, which allows easy colour lay down and safety. Case of 24 vibrant colours.


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  • Early Start Chunky Markers

    $8.95
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    Chunky Markers that are ideal for 2 to 4 year olds. Markers have sink proof tips which are virtually indestructible and non-toxic. Ink washes out easily in cold water. Dry markers can easily be dipped into water to rehydrate.


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  • Early Start Safety Markers

    $11.50
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    Ideal introductory textas. Cannot be stubbed.

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  • Early start woody crayons

    $16.35
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    Designed for little hands 2 to 4 years. Fantastic large gripped crayons that colour really easily, crayon pigments go down very smoothly. The wood casing around the crayon helps prevent breaking and the crayons last longer and little hands stay clean. Comes with a special purpose sharpener.

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  • Egg Chalk

    $6.50
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    Easy grip egg shaped chalk suits a child's full handed grip. Use on blackboards or the pavement and even brick walls! Pack includes half a dozen eggs: Pink, Orange, Blue, Green, Purple and Yellow.

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  • Erasable Markers

    $7.50
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    Medium point coloured markers with 9 colours and one special erasable marker. Erase the colour by applying the white marker to the artwork. Great for the reluctant drawer.


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  • Extra Thick Massager Grips


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    These Extra Thick Massager Pencil Grips are soft and cushiony and feel great. Stack several on your pencil for the ultimate in massaging sensory tactile input as you write. Makes a very nice calming silent fidget tool for tactile sensory seekers. Very cool!

    And we now have a scented version - the new ones are exactly the same, just scented for some extra sensory input!

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  • Fine Motor Skills 4-6 years

    $53.95
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    This a great 'hands-on' resource for parents, teachers and therapists to help children aged 4-6 years improve their fine motor skills. There a 6 sections including: 

    * shoulder and wrist, wrist and hand, and hand and finger activities

    * Scissor activities, drawing and writing, and printing practice

    There is additional information on motor planning, body awareness, bilateral integration, tactile awareness, and early childhood development.

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  • Finger Spacers


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    These clever writing tools provide children with both a tactile and a visual cue on how much space to leave between letters and words when writing. They also feature a 'tracking window' for reading that accentuates black print. The blue two finger spacers are designed from Preschool to Year 2. The green one finger spacers are for older children. 

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  • Grip 2001 pencils


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    The Grip 2001 pencil range features the little rubber dots along the shaft of all its lead and coloured pencils. These are our favourite pencils at Skillbuilders! The rubber dots give children extra sensory information which helps with grip, pressure, and control. The leads are a superior quality which sharpen easily and resist breakage. Back to school discounts for bulk purchases as below.

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  • Grotto Grip


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    The Grotto grip encourages correct finger position and helps children to maintain a comfortable position without thumb wrapping. Suitable for left and right handers. Widely recommended by Occupational Therapists.

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  • Hand Weight


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    Providing weight to the hand is an effective way to reduce a tremor, or to provide deep sensory input to increase sensory awarness.  The Handweights provide weight with maximum wrist and finger mobility, leaving the palm of the hand completely open.  The weight is reversible and the glove can be worn on the back of either hand.  Available in four sizes. Choose size by measuring across the back of the child's hand at the knuckles - fingers straight and together.

    Extra small = 5.7cm

    Small = 6.35 cm

    Medium = 7.62 cm

    Large = 8.9 cm

    As a general indication, extra small = 2-5 years, small = 5-7, medium = 8+. Hand weights are sold individually.

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  • Handiwriter


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    The essential tool for therapists and teachers. This cleverly designed writing aid promotes wrist extension, correct position of pencil in the webspace, correct placement of ring and little finger, and a tripod grasp of the pencil. Suitable for left and right handers. 

    Now also available in a mixed pack of 3 or 6.

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  • Handiwriter - Sports

    $7.50
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    Another version of the handiwriter which includes a soccer ball to be held in the 4th and 5th fingers, rather than a dolphin. Good option for the boys. Fantastic writing tool to encourage correct pencil position and dynamic control by reducing wrist flexion or 'hooking'. This is very common in left handers, but right handed children will also sometimes flex their wrist when writing.

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  • Handwriting Today


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    In a world dominated by digital technology and qwerty keyboards, why bother to teach handwriting?

    Research shows handwriting assists with the preparation for early literacy, increases creativity and productivity, improves learning difficulties and enhances learning and retention. It is the understanding of this that makes Handwriting today the must-have new series for teachers and for OT's working with children with handwriting difficulties. This innovative resource is packed with activities designed to combine the explicit teaching of handwriting with fun and effective cross-curricular activities, including Science, Mathematics and Health. Handwriting today is developed in workbook format for Foundation (Pre-Primary) –Year 3. 
    Available in NSW Foundation font and Victorian Modern Cursive font (VMC).
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  • Heavy Weight Pens and Pencils


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    These smart, weighted mechanical-style pens and pencils have an extra thick barrel, sturdy 2.0 mm pencil lead/pen nib, and a built-in "Pencil Grip". Provides excellent input to the hand while naturally promoting an efficient, comfortable grasp. Weighs 122g. The pens can use a standard refill available at most stationary stores. The HB pencil leads are thicker than regular refills so they are available separately.
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  • Jumbo Chalk - Pack of 12

    $5.00
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    A neat tub with 12 thick chalk sticks, perfect for drawing on pavement and rough surfaces for some extra sensory feedback! The chalk is easy to hold in young hands and won't break under pressure. Twelve different colour chalk sticks in a re-usable blue tub with a little handle for easy carrying. Made by Micador.


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  • Jumbo Colouring Pads


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    50 outline pictures of favourite pictures on good quality white paper, bound into an A3 drawing pad. Motivating pictures in themes of Jungle animals, Vehicles, and a miscellaneous boyish themed book including Dinosaurs, Vehicles, and Jungle Animals. Easy to tear out finished product. Textas do not bleed through the page.

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  • Jumbo Pencil Grip


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    The Jumbo pencil grip is an enlarged version of The Pencil Grip, suitable for preschool children. It supports the fingers and opens up the webspace to assist in writing control. 

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  • Jumbo Triangular Lead Pencil


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    A chunky triangular lead pencil. Great for little ones learning to write (K to Year 1) or those with poor hand strength. Available singly or in packs of 12.

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  • Kinder Rubs


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    Heavy duty plastic rubbing plates (130x130mm) with raised highlighted surfaces for easy rubbing. Suitable for use with crayons and pencils. Kinder Rubs are excellent for developing bilateral hand skills as it's really important for the 'helper hand' to hold the plate firmly to get a good picture. They are also good for children who need to learn to increase or decrease their pressure with the pencil or crayon. Single packs contains 4 rubbing plates of a theme eg: sea animals, australian animals, space. The Combo Set has 12 rubbing plates in 3 themes.

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  • Left Handed Pencil Sharpener

    $4.20
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    New! Designed specifically for left handers. This pocket-sized, single hole sharpener accomodates many different sized/shaped pencils. Self-contained pencil shaving case included.

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  • Letter Basics A3 Kindy Reference Guide


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    Learn colours, letters, numbers 1 to 20, shapes, left and right, includes a space for your child to practice their name. Free writing and drawing on reverse. Use with washable textas. Wipes clean with a baby wipe or damp towel.

    Many occupational therapists, early childhood educators and school teachers love Letter Basics and are now using these wipe clean handwriting guides in their classrooms, therapy sessions and day care centres across Australia as they have found that children enjoy learning with Letter Basics!  

    * Stock: Letter Basics are printed onto a unique waterproof plastic stock that is more durable than laminated paper and will last much longer 
    * To be used with: Non-toxic, washable markers or crayons (not whiteboard markers as they may react with the ink and ruin your writing guide) 
    * Fonts: Victorian Modern Cursive, NSW Foundation, SA Beginners, QLD Beginners, TAS 
    * Complies with the new Australian national curriculum 
    * Designed by: Tash Kritter, B. Ed. CEO Little Wooden Toybox 
    * Printed in: Perth, Western Australia

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  • Letter Basics A3 Pre-Primary Desk Guide


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    Many occupational therapists, early childhood educators and school teachers love Letter Basics and are now using these wipe clean handwriting guides in their classrooms, therapy sessions and day care centres across Australia as they have found that children enjoy learning with Letter Basics!  
    The A3 Pre-Primary Desk Guide is perfect for learning the alphabet, colours, shapes, writing left to right and practicing pre-writing patterns. Green for Go! and Red for Stop! Encouraging children to start on the left hand side of the page and write from left to right.  
     
    * Stock: Letter Basics are printed onto a unique waterproof plastic stock that is more durable than laminated paper and will last much longer 
    * To be used with: Non-toxic, washable markers or crayons (not whiteboard markers as they may react with the ink and ruin your writing guide) 
    * Wipe clean with: Damp cloth or baby wipe. 
    * Fonts: Victorian Modern Cursive, NSW Foundation, SA Beginners, QLD Beginners, TAS 
    * Complies with the new Australian national curriculum 
    * Designed by: Tash Kritter, B. Ed. CEO Little Wooden Toybox 
    * Printed in: Perth, Western Australia
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  • Letter Basics Kindy Handwriting Set of 5


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    Pre-writing guides encourage children to form letters correctly with indicators to show where to place pen to paper and arrows to show in which direction to form the letter. Letter Basics provides 5 pages printed back & front to practice numbers 1 to 20 (in both outline and trace font), uppercase letters A to Z and lowercase letters a to z. Available in all Australian fonts (see extra pictures).

    Many occupational therapists, early childhood educators and school teachers love Letter Basics and are now using these wipe clean handwriting guides in their classrooms, therapy sessions and day care centres across Australia as they have found that children enjoy learning with Letter Basics! 
      
      * Stock: Letter Basics are printed onto a unique waterproof plastic stock that is more durable than laminated paper and will last much longer 
      * To be used with: Non-toxic, washable markers or crayons (not whiteboard markers as they may react with the ink and ruin your writing guide) 
      * Wipe clean with: Damp cloth or baby wipe. 
      * Complies with the new Australian national curriculum
      * Designed by: Tash Kritter, B. Ed. , CEO Little Wooden Toybox * Printed in: Perth, Western Australia

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  • Letter Basics Plain Dotted Thirds

    $16.00
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    Many occupational therapists, early childhood educators and school teachers love Letter Basics and are now using these wipe clean handwriting guides in their classrooms, therapy sessions and day care centres across Australia as they have found that children enjoy learning with Letter Basics! This set includes 2 x A4 sheets in portrait and landscape layouts. Perfect for children to practice writing their name, spelling words and sight words.  

     
      * Stock: Letter Basics are printed onto a unique waterproof plastic stock that is more durable than laminated paper and will last much longer 
      * To be used with: Non-toxic, washable markers or crayons (not whiteboard markers as they may react with the ink and ruin your writing guide) 
      * Wipe clean with: Damp cloth or baby wipe. 
      * Complies with the new Australian national curriculum 
      * Designed by: Tash Kritter, B. Ed, CEO Little Wooden Toybox


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  • Letter Basics Pre-Primary Handwriting Set of 5


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    Numbers 1 to 10 in outline font and 11 to 20 in trace font. Uppercase letters A to Z and lowercase letters a to z.
    This set allows children to trace the letters & numbers, then write it on the dotted thirds without support. Full set not shown but see extra pictures. 5 A4 pages back & front.

    Many occupational therapists, early childhood educators and school teachers love Letter Basics and are now using these wipe clean handwriting guides in their classrooms, therapy sessions and day care centres across Australia as they have found that children enjoy learning with Letter Basics! 
      
    * Stock: Letter Basics are printed onto a unique waterproof plastic stock that is more durable than laminated paper and will last much longer    
    * To be used with: Non-toxic, washable markers or crayons (not whiteboard markers as they may react with the ink and ruin your writing guide)    
    * Wipe clean with: Damp cloth or baby wipe.    
    * Complies with the new Australian national curriculum
    * Designed by: Tash Kritter, B. Ed. , CEO Little Wooden Toybox 
    * Printed in: Perth, Western Australia
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  • Magic Markers

    $8.95
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    Medium point coloured markers, 9 colours and one magic marker. Great to encourage re-tracing of patterns and developing care and control for the reluctant drawer. The magic marker will change colours. Lids and caps indicate the colour change.



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  • Marbletick

    $29.95
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    This is an old favourite! A fascinating way for children to develop both visual motor skills and fine motor control. A magnetic wand is used to move coloured discs and create or copy a picture.

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  • Micador Early Start Chunky Stampers

    $8.30
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    Chunky Stampers are mega-sized with fun pictures of appealing characters on the marker nibs for creating borders, patterns and decorating work. They are in 5 bright, vibrant colours with a large ink reservoir. 
      
    They are washable, water-based, non-toxic and wash easily out of clothes, skin and furniture in cold water. 
    Sink proof tip is virtually indestructible and markers have safety lids and no end caps for safety.


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  • Micador Essential Pencils - 4B Lead


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    High quality lead pencils in 4B grade. Available in packs of 5 or 20. Using 4B pencils helps children who tend to press too hard when writing as they get a 'dark enough' result without needing pressure.
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  • Micador Instant Blackboard

    $12.50
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    Micador Instant Blackboard provides a blackboard surface which is easy to apply and easy to remove. It sticks to walls, windows, mirrors, cupboards and cardboard. To reuse, just peel and reposition. You can wipe the surface with water to clean and draw again and again. Each pack comes with a 10 pack of coloured chalk. This is also an easy, flexible option for setting up charts etc for getting organised in the mornings.


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  • Micador Jumbo ColouRush Pencils

    $9.95
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    These are our favourite chunky coloured pencils! Extra thick (9.5mm) for little hands. Huge 5mm colour strip allows for fast colour laydown and quick results. The colour strip is also fully bonded to the wood for extra break resistance. Pack of 12.

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  • Micador Marathon Markers

    $10.50
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    Large circumference textas designed for preschoolers. Extra strong nibs that dont flatten. Last with extra ink reservoir. Perfect for writing and colouring as have a pointed tip. Recycled plastic. Contain a pack of 12. 

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  • Midi Sand Timer (set of 5)

    $11.00
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    These robust colour coded sand timers give accurate timing for 30sec, 1 min, 3 min, 5 min and 10 minute periods. Children love to use these as a guide to 'get their work done'. Perfect for use in games, timing experiments and fine motor speed races. This a great value pack including 5 sand timers.

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  • New Wave Pre-Writing Patterns A3 Posters

    $31.95
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    New Wave Pre-writing Patterns is written by Occupational Therapists to help children make the smooth transition to writing alphabet letters. It provides developmentally sequenced activities to teach the foundation skills that are essential to learn the patterns we then combine to make numbers and letters.

    The book introduces each pattern in 3 stages with big body movements, art activities, and consolidation through activity sheets. The posters help to reinforce the patterns and can be used on their own, or in combination with the books.

    The poster pack includes 12 x A3-sized laminated, reusable posters. These posters are designed to 'write-on' then 'wipe-off' using whiteboard markers. These posters are easy to use on easels and other vertical surfaces,  which helps to consolidate the patterns at the same time as strengthening upper limbs.
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  • New Wave Pre-writing Workbook

    $11.50
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    New Wave Pre-writing Patterns is written by Occupational Therapists to help children make the smooth transition to writing alphabet letters. It provides developmentally sequenced activities to teach the foundation skills that are essential to learn the patterns we then combine to make numbers and letters.

    This book introduces each pattern in 3 stages:

    1. Big body movements

    2. Art activities to practice the pattern, big and small

    3. Consolidating the pattern through activity sheets

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  • Pass The Word Game

    $36.25
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    Learning to spell can be fun with this fast-paced game. Race against the timer to put together a word, but try to be quick as all the letters have to be passed on when the timer runs out. There is plenty of room to adapt this game for children who need to work more slowly and individually on creating simple words. Also a fun 'prompt' game for children who need to focus on handwriting skills. For 5-9 year olds.

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  • Pen Again Range


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    Comfort and the natural contours of the hand inspired the design of this new pen. Made with special coating that feels like soft silk....finger tension melts away as the natural weight of the hand holds the pen in place, no tight gripping required. Suitable for left or right handers. Available as a single pen (Evo Pen) and a set of 2 pencils (Rockyt Writer). The pens come with black pen refills in the package. We also have blue ink pen refills available separately. The pencils don't come with refills, so these are also available separately.

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  • Pencil Grip Sampler Pack

    $12.00
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    The Pencil Grip Sampler Pack includes some of our most popular pencil grips so that children can trial some options. Often people aren't sure which pencil grip will assist children to acquire a functional grip pattern so this little pack gives the opportunity to explore via trial and error. We've included:

    * The Pencil Grip

    * The Bumpy Grip

    * The Crossover Grip

    * The Pinch Grip

    * The Jumbo Grip

    Bought separately these grips cost $15.60, so this pack also offers good value at $12.00. If you have a preference for pinks/purples please let us know via email to info@skillbuilders.com.au. Otherwise, we include a varied colour range when you order. Also, if there is a different grip from our range that you'd like to exchange for one of the grips in the pack, please let us know.

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  • Pencil Topper Fidgets


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    HB pencils with built-in 'fidgets' to keep fidgety hands busy so that minds can focus. These have been a hit at Skillbuilders! Available in Wing-nut and Nuts & Bolts.

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  • Pencil Weight

    $22.75
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    Provides proprioceptive input through weight to increase stability. The pencil weight is made from heavy tricot fabric filled with lead-free steel shot. Lay the weight flat on the table and roll it up around a pencil. Secure with the velcro fastening. Can be used with any writing tool, and with any pencil grips.

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  • Raised Line Tactile Paper


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    Specially designed for children who have difficulty staying on, or between the lines. This innovative paper has raised top and bottom lines to provide tactile, proprioceptive and visual feedback to the writer. 

    The wide-line paper is recommended for PP, Yr 1, and even Yr 2. The narrow line is more for yr 3 plus. The wide-line is 17mm wide and the narrow line is 11mm wide. 

    Comes in packs of 25 or 125 sheets.

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  • Reversal Stopper Bracelet


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    New!  You'll love these teacher-designed, student-tested bracelets that help decrease or eliminate letter reversals! These smart bracelets contain upper and lowercase Bb and Dd, with a ball and dog graphic. Students can refer to the bracelet when writing capital or lowercase b’s and d’s to decrease their confusion and help correctly copy/form those letters. Available in a sleek black or blue bracelet with easy-to-read white letters and graphics. Made of latex-free, non-toxic silicone, these can double as a fidget tool. One size fits most primary school-age students. 

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  • Ribie Foam Grip


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    Ribie foam grips come in a variety of bright colours and tactile bumps. The tactile input can help to reduce grip pressure on the pencil.

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  • Silky Glass and Tub Twistaz

    $11.95
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    Silky smooth glide on colour pastel sticks in a plastic retractable dispenser. Able to draw on any surface including windows, mirrors and ceramics. Washes off easily with a wet cloth. Quality twist mechanism can be easily rolled out and retracted again. Children can get excellent results with varying their pressure - great proprioceptive feedback.

    Also available in fluoro.

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  • Silky Twistaz Fluoro

    $11.50
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    Silky smooth glide on colour pastel sticks in a plastic retractable dispenser. Quality twist mechanism can be easily rolled out and retracted again. Children can get excellent results with varying their pressure - great proprioceptive feedback.

    Also available in glass, and changeables 

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  • Skillbuilders Handwriting Kit

    $50.00
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    Skillbuilders Handwriting Kit is designed for students who are in the early stage of learning to write. The kit is designed by Occupational Therapists and includes some of the items used to help children develop good pencil control, establish correct movement patterns for letter formations, maintain good wrist positioning and establish a functional pencil grasp, and establish correct positioning and spatial organisation in their writing. It includes: 
    • information on pencil grasps in children
    • wikki stix and instruction book
    • lower case letter stencils (in your school font)
    • a range of different lead pencils
    • a trial pack of 5 different pencil grips
    • a handiwriter
    • a finger spacer to help establish and reinforce spacing between words
    • 2 x coloured lined paper pads to assist with letter sizing and positioning
    The Handwriting Kit comes in a handy kit bag. We need to ensure the most appropriate items are included for your situation, so when you order the kit please let us know via email to info@skillbuilders.com.au  
    - the age of the child or children who will be using the kit 
    - your choice of handwriting font 
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  • Solo Grip


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    A new style of grip which encourages tripod positioning for both left and right handers.

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  • Squashee Letters and Numbers


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    A fantastic new product to motivate the most reluctant learner! A set of 10 numbers or 26 letters, perfect for encouraging letter and number recognition, and to use with literacy, counting and number and letter writing activities. Made from durable plastic filled with colourful liquids, oils and sparkles. Also suitable for light boxes, water trays and sand pits. Measures approximately 10cm each.

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  • Squishy Jelly Grip


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    A grip which feels like wobbly jelly and helps children relax their pencil pressure.

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  • Stencils - Upper/Lower Case


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    Durable plastic card sets measuring approximately10 x 7cm each. Use either the stencil or the 'pop-out' piece. Available in all fonts used in Australia.

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  • Stetro Grip


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    A small firm grip made of moulded plastic. Great for finger positioning.

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  • Storytelling Paper Pad

    $8.50
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    Pad of 50 sheets of premium heavy weight white bond paper. Each sheet is divided into two areas so that children can write a sentence or two and draw picture to illustrate. Ideal for beginning writers. The paper is nice and thick so children can use crayons, markers and watercolour paints to illustrate their stories.
    The pad is 21 x 27cm.
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  • Tell A Story

    $29.95
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    The official game info says: The game where each player uses their cards to tell a story. Players turn over picture cards one at a time, trying to collect 5 cards with the same character. Memory plays an important part as children try to find the cards they need. 1-5 players.
    But this game can be used for so much more! This is a favourite of ours for expressive language, as well as a lovely stimulus activity for handwriting.
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  • The Groovy Grip


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    The Groovy Grip features a sleek ergonomic design with linear raised lines for a unique tactile feel. This new pencil grip option is made by the same people who make The Pencil Grip, Crossovers, Pinch Grip, Jumbo and Bumpy Grips. They all give very comfortable positioning for optimal writing. The Groovy Grip is a good option for children who tend to hold too tightly, have poor pencil control, or need some positional support. It won't correct a thumb wrap - the Crossover and Pinch grips are better options for that.

    • Provides excellent tactile feedback
    • Encourages correct positioning for beginning writers
    • Relieves fatigue when writing for long periods of time
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  • The Pencil Grip


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    One of the most popular grips around. A large, soft comfortable grip which helps position fingers and maintain an open webspace. Suitable for both left and right hands.

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  • The Pinch Grip


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     The NEW Pinch Grip balances the structure of The Crossover Grip with the freedom of The Pencil Grip. This sounds fancy but simply means it has a smaller 'hood' so that children have a little more guidance into good positioning than The Pencil Grip, but not as much as the Crossover Grip. Enhances comfort and control and a good option for all ages. It works for Right and Left handers; simply place your thumb on the "R" if you are right-handed and on the "L" if you are left-handed. 
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  • Thick and Thin Textas

    $8.50
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    Incentives to draw and colour are important therapy tools! These textas are dual ended with a thick cone tip at one end and a thin tip at the other. Sink proof nibs that are super washable and water based.

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  • Thumb Buddy


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    Designed by Jan Olsen OTR, this clever little grip encourages correct placement of thumbs on pens and pencils. The 
    answer for thumbs that overlap index fingers!!!
    1. Insert pencil into inside tube.
    2. Insert thumb in outer tube.
    3. Pull the thumb buddy up.

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  • Tran-Quille Pencil Sets

    $52.00
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    This ultimate sensory tool to work on handwriting skills!  ARK's Tran-Quill™ Pencil has a smooth, gentle vibration that provides sensory input to the hand without affecting the actual writing/drawing. The vibration, texture, and weight of the handle can help increase focus and concentration, improve rote muscle memory, normalize writing speed, increase hand strength and dexterity, and decrease grip force.  Highly recommended for individuals with sensory integration issues and/or poor fine motor control.

    Kit includes: 1 Z-Vibe® handle, 1 pencil adapter, and 6 golf pencils. The pencil adapter screws into the Z-Vibe® like every other tip, and the pencils fit nicely into the adapter.  

    • Made in the USA
    • Battery included (please note: this is a special battery not sold in stores - we recommend buying a spare)
    • Measures just over 20cm in length (with a new golf pencil) and 1cm in diameter. 
    Caution: this is NOT a toy.  The Tran-Quill is a therapeutic tool that contains small parts (including a battery).  Direct supervision is required at all times.  Not for children under 3 years.
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  • Triangular Texta's

    $7.45
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    The only triangular textas available. These textas last really well, have a good colour range and have sink resistant tips. They come in packs of 12 in a firm plastic pack with slide out trays with slots for each marker. These help kids stay organised. 

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  • VisiPen for Left Handers

    $14.80
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    These specialty pens for left handers are a brilliant invention! The VisiPen has a tailored shape and tip clearance allowing increased visibility and optimum grip for left handers. Available in a pack of two ball-point pens, one black, one blue.

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  • Whiteboard Markers Pack of 8

    $9.90
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    Includes 8 vibrant markers with bullet shaped, sink-proof nibs.  Use on whiteboards and dry erase with ease. Can also be used on glass, ceramic and perspex (like our angled tracing boards or windows for vertical surface work to build up forearm and hand muscles). The small size is perfect for little hands.
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  • Wikki stix - Classroom pack

    $32.50
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    NEW ECONOMICAL classroom packs of wikki stix. Fantastic mouldable wax sticks that can be used to copy designs or letters to promote prewriting skills. The waxy nature of the sticks mean that adhere to desk tops quite well. Comprise 192 wikki stix with worksheets on 'wikki in the classroom' and 'craft projects'. Packaged in clear plastic bag.

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  • Write and Wipe Letters


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    New in.... These mini whiteboards help children practice letter formations and letter recognition There are faint guide lines with arrows to support correct directionality. Each letter is 10cm high. Available in upper or lower case.

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  • Write and Wipe Numbers

    $25.50
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    New in.... These mini whiteboards help children practice number formations and number recognition. There are faint guide lines with arrows to support correct directionality. Each number is 10cm high.

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  • WriteRight Pencil Grip


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    Develop a mature and efficient dynamic tripod grip with the simple instructions: "pinch the eyes, cover the mouth and wrap your fingers around the tail!" These design features act as visual cues to assist in correct finger placement. This innovative grip training device has been designed by an Occupational Therapist and is now available for the first time in Australia.

    Other unique design features include:

    • the firm, slightly rough outer surface providing tactile feedback
    • the patented shape
    • the permanently attached lead pencil which eliminates the need to find a separate pencil, repeatedly sharpen it and constantly adjust its position in the gripper
    • the friendly face gives it life and makes it fun for kids
    • the "tail" is perfect to help children grip with their ring and pinky fingers
    • an eraser pops out to add more lead when empty - uses standard 0.7mm leads

    Measure the length of the middle finger (webspace to tip) to determine the appropriate size. Blue for right handers and green for left handers.

    Small = 1.3cm to 2.5cm

    Medium = 2.5cm to 4cm

    Large = 4cm to 5.7cm


     

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  • Writing C.L.A.W.

    $3.00
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    The Writing C.L.A.W. eliminates thumb wrap and cumbersome grip patterns instantly! C.L.A.W. stands for "Controlling Letters of Adolescent/Adult Writing". This grip can be used with all ages, however we've had the best success with older children in our practice. It can also be used to assist with holding other implements, eg cutlery. Can be used for right and left handers. 


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  • Z Vibe Weighted Tip

    $49.00
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    ARK's Weighted Tip is a tip attachment for ARK's Z-Vibe®.  Simply twist a Weighted Tip into one end of the handle and either a pen or a pencil into the other to create the ultimate sensory writing tool. At 30gms, the added weight can help to stabilise the hand, increase concentration, normalise writing speed, increase hand strength and dexterity, improve handwriting legibility, and decrease the grip force used to hold a pen/pencil.  The Weighted Tip can also be used in conjunction with a Spoon Tip to provide input during self-feeding. Highly recommended for individuals with sensory integration issues and/or poor fine motor control. 
     
    • Made in the USA out of medical grade stainless steel
    • Tip sold individually (other parts sold separately)
    • Weighs approximately 30gms
    • To be used with the Z-Vibe® or Z-Grabber® (sold separately)

    Caution: contains small parts that may pose a choking hazard; please supervise at all times. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.


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