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Cutting activities for preschoolers just got more fun with these clever ideas.
I know handing over the scissors can be a nerve-racking task. I am here to help bridge the gap to ensure the cutting practice is a little more seamless to introduce.
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How can scissor skills improve fine motor strength?
Fine motor skills are those that involve the development of the small hand muscles.
Why practice using scissors at home?
Cutting is an essential skill that all children get better at with practice. If we help our children cut and play at home, they enter school with the confidence to take on higher-level tasks.
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How do you teach your preschooler scissor skills?
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- Get Blunt-Edged Scissors: Find blunt-edged kid scissors for your child to practice with. We use these scissors here.
- Show and Tell: Show your child the scissors and explain what the scissors are used for. “These are scissors. We use scissors to cut paper like this. Would you like to try?”
- Invite Them: Hand the scissors to your child. If willing, help position the hands. If not willing, try to continue keeping kid scissors available for more practice. You will see improvements in grip over time.
- Smiley Face Thumbnail Trick: If your child needs help holding the scissors, place a smiley face on the thumbnail (pictured below) to encourage the thumb to stay up when cutting.
- Walking with Scissors: Show your child how to walk with scissors and where to put the scissors away after cutting. We like to keep ours in the art cart.
- Create a Curiosity-Friendly Space: Allow scissors to be accessible. You can set limits or boundaries when using the scissors, but I have found making child-friendly scissors part of the everyday routine helps with cutting curiosity.
- Introduce Other Ideas: After practicing cutting paper, begin introducing some of these other ideas listed below.
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Notice the smiley face on the thumb? This smiling face is a great visual for little learners to place their thumb while cutting. You can also mark the thumb with a sticker or nail polish.
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