Over time, the way a child grasps a pencil is subject to change, just as a child’s grasp will develop from rough and unspecific into something more specific and differentiated. Most toddlers grasp a pencil with their whole fist. By the time children start school they should master the so-called tripod grip. The pencil rests on the middle finger, while it is guided by the index finger and the thumb. Both the forearm and the hand should rest comfortably on the desktop to allow for smooth and even writing movements.