I begin handwriting with a very special pencil! It is quite a big deal. I wait until October before formally introducing the pencil. I tell the children that this is a special pencil that has a special way to hold it - the tripod grip! I teach the proper pencil grip. I do use a triangular pencil that helps the children succeed. If they are using the proper grip - I put a "sprinkle" of fairy dust on their hand! Here's what I use to make the pencil:
I purchased a glitter glue that I painted on the pencil and let dry. Next I added three to four feathers per pencil. The easiest way to attach the feathers is with duct tape (it comes in fancy designs). I do not worry about the eraser at this point.
A quick and easy way to make your own fairy dust solution is to sprinkle a little glitter into about a tablespoon of hand lotion. I love vanilla. I have a stash of little plastic containers I keep my glitter mixture in. To use - simply dip your finger into the lotion and gently sweep on hands that are writing in the tripod grip!