Mastering Scissoring Skills

We spend the first two years of our baby’s lives keeping them away from scissors. As they turn 3, and fine motor skills are developing we can think about putting those scissors into their hands for the first time. You will know your child is ready for scissors when they can shape play dough, and hold a pencil with a pincher grip. Here are some tips to make the scissor learning go well:

  1. Buy Quality Kids Scissors - really cheap scissors don’t work well and can be very frustrating to a beginner.
  2. Start Small - your tot won’t be able to manage a straight line across a sheet of paper at the start. Start her off making small snips along the edge, or hold up narrow strips for her to slice in two.
  3. Start with stronger paper than normal; it’s easier to cut
  4. As your child masters scissors (which can take a year) gradually up the challenge. Draw a line for him to follow, then a curve, then a circle. Then simple shapes, then simple pictures. Before you know it they’ll be making collages for their bedroom walls!
  5. Buy a few pairs and have the whole family join the fun.

 

Read this and other information in the March newsletter.

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