Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Selecting a Stylus - Cosmonaut Wide Grip Stylus

Although the Cosmonaut Wide Grip Stylus is not specifically marketed as a children's stylus, it does the job perfectly.  The durable Cosmonaut is sturdy and easy for children to hold. This great little stylus glides effortlessly across the screen. The day we got it, my kids kept fighting over who got to work on their handwriting next with it. Retailing around $25, it is a little bit of an investment, but it is well worth every dollar.

When I was doing research on styluses and discovered the Cosmonaut, the thing that really caught my eye in its description was "the Cosmonaut was designed to feel like a dry erase marker, because the experience of drawing on an tablet most closely mirrors the experience of drawing on a whiteboard." My kids' school and therapists often use dry erase markers and whiteboards to practice handwriting and fine motor control, so it made sense to use a stylus which mimics this technique.

The day we received our Cosmonaut in the mail, the kids and I eagerly put it to use. The first thing I noticed was how durable it felt.  The entire stylus is coated in rubber making it easy to grip and keeping it from slipping around in little hands while using it.  The tip is covered in a semi-thick rubber which seems sturdy, yet glides smoothly across a tablet screen.

My son is 5 years old, very small for his age, and has fine motor delays. Not only was he able to grip and manipulate the pen, he started testing all of his handwriting apps to see how well he could write. He even told his OT at school how much he loves using his "computer pen" to write his name now.

The stylus is a good, solid weight. It is well balanced and fits comfortably in child and adult sized hands. The kids and I have used it on a multitude of apps from handwriting to flinging Angry Birds across the screen. It worked beautifully.

Although designed to replicate the look and feel of a dry erase maker, it has the precision of a pen. The Cosmonaut has a broad tip, so initially I was afraid the iPad would have trouble recognizing the strokes or where I was tapping. The tip isn't as small as a pen, but it is smaller than my child's fingertip. We have had no issues with any of the apps recognizing where the pen was tapping or writing. I was able to send an email from my smart phone by tapping the tiny keyboard with the stylus with no problem.

I cannot say enough about how much I love this stylus for not only my children, but myself.  Though it costs a little bit more than some of the other styluses out there, it is totally worth it. Not only does it feel durable in your hand, it has withstood the typical wear and tear of my children throwing it in the drawer and dropping it on the ground.

Available on AmazonThe Cosmonaut Stylus is available from retailers, such as Amazon, for $25.

You can also find more information about the Cosmonaut as well as watch videos of it in use at

Rachel H. has always had horrible handwriting. She has been known to practice on her children's apps to help improve her own handwriting skills.

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