The Guardian reports that young children entering school are having difficulty holding a pencil and learning how to write, and mentions that Sally Payne, the head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust had this to say as to the cause,
Payne said the nature of play had changed. “It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes. Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and hold a pencil.”
Can’t grip a pencil is likely a small hop, skip and jump from can’t grip an X-Acto knife.
Hey, you kids, get that laser cutter off my lawn :-)