The unique three pronged design of the tongs offers a 'point of interest' to invite the child's interest in this particular tool. They also help to naturally prompt the child to use their thumb, index finger and middle finger to grasp the tool. This is the grasp used for effective writing, ensuring that this tool is a fun way to encourage a child's blossoming early writing skills!
Tongs and tweezers are such useful tools, in terms of general daily use and also for the 'Practical Life Trays' that are used in many Montessori-inspired homes and classrooms.
In daily use they assist with food preparation and serving - particularly in a classroom community, where the use of tongs rather than fingers helps to promote strong health and hygiene.
In activity 'trays' tongs are often used for transferring exercises. This is largely because of the noticeable use of the 'pincer' grip in manipulating the tongs. The use of tongs help to encourage and inspire a strong, dexterous pincer grip in a way that is 'incidental' - that is, the child is not consciously aware that it is a pre-writing exercise as this purpose is hidden within an enjoyable and non-threatening activity.