Who has time to work on pencil grasp and fine motor skills? How can you monitor each student to make sure they are holding the pencil "right?"
This simple but effective activity is one I've been using for years as a school-based OT. It's a great way to work on pencil grasp and the mechanics that are used to control a pencil for the precise curves and marks that make legible handwriting! The dots are precisely sized and spaced so that kids have to really work on their accuracy and pacing, while they just think they're having fun!
Now I've put together a packet of ready-to-go pages that any teacher can use for a station, a group activity, or a "done with my work" activity.
Just print out the pages on card stock. Or print them on paper and then clip it over foil. Kids can cut out the pictures or letters they want to make their own creations.
You will need jumbo pushpins - or put regular ones in chisel erasers or pencil grippers - and a soft surface (such as craft foam or mousepad). There are visual directions to set up the tools to elicit the best grasp patterns even when you're not there to watch! Of course, younger children will need supervision for safety with sharps.