The best activity for cutting practice is this idea right here!
No joke, this scissor practice is on repeat with my toddler and preschooler.
Let’s skip the dull printouts and get straight to business with this epic cutting activity for kids. Simple to set up and guaranteed to be a success!
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What age do I introduce scissors to my children?
I introduce blunt-edged scissors around 2.5. I explain how to hold them and how to walk with them.
After my children have a simple foundation, they can use scissors at any time.
This may not be ideal for you, and that is okay, Use your best judgment when to use and how to store scissors.
In our house, the boys have access to scissors that are in the art cart.
You may prefer to keep the scissors in place your child needs to ask first.
Again, in your home, do what works best for your family. We like to keep our supply list for activities to everyday items that the children can use freely.
The vital part of the cutting practice is that children have opportunities to become confident and comfortable using them.
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Let’s talk about toddler and preschooler cutting skills.
Learning to cut and how to hold scissors properly develops over time.
As caregivers, we need to be patient as this evolves.
To help with scissor grip, try drawing a smile with a sharpie on the thumbnail.
Remind your child to keep the smile up. If your child doesn’t want your help, that’s also normal. -It can happen to the best of us. (myself included!) Just like attempting art with a toddler, scissor practice gets better over time.
Just remember to offer opportunities to practice cutting such as:
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For this cutting activity, I wanted to add in some imaginary play.
I told my toddler and preschooler that the bears were captured, and they needed his help!
Small prompts such as this can go a long way!
Creating a fictional story will also engage conversation, build vocabulary, and inspire creativity. – Yes, please!
Setting up is simple!
Add one bear in each section of the muffin tin.
Put painter’s tape in each direction to close them in.
Place scissors to the left of the cutting activity and invited my toddler and preschooler to get to work.
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This cutting practice game is such a hit for so many!
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