Tips on how to teach preschoolers to use scissors.
My daughter LOVES scissors, but – like most kids – it took her a while to get the hang of them. Once mastered, scissors a incredibly empowering for preschoolers since they allow for all sorts of paper and tape creations!
How to Teach Preschoolers to Use Scissors
Today I’m sharing some tips on how to teach preschoolers to use scissors – and some great resources to make the process easier!
Use the Right Tools
Anna’s cutting skills took a huge leap this summer after Timberdoodle sent us My First Scissors. These scissors are unique, because children hold them from the outside and they spring open on their own between cuts. This allows even beginning cutters to have a lot of control and precision.
Give Them Interesting Cutting Tasks
Timberdoodle also sent us the Kumon cutting skills books, which are full of fun little scenes that children cut out. The different drawings are designed for children to practice cutting straight, curved, zigzagged, and spiral lines. They become progressively harder as you go through the pages in the books.
Let Them Progress at Their Own Space
I actually bought these same cutting books when my older kids were small, and they spent about a year working through them. Anna was very into the idea of using scissors when this book arrived, and she worked through the entire set in a few days. I considered trying to stretch them out, but I decided to just let her go with it. I’m glad I did! She is not an expert cutter, and she has created plenty of other (non workbook based) opportunities to continue to build on these skills.
Actually, Anna got SO good at cutting up tiny pieces of paper that I recently had a dream where I had been appointed the job of White House housekeeper. I was stressing out because I was supposed to be cleaning the house for an event and Anna was sitting right in the entryway cutting paper into teeny tiny pieces! Anybody who knows me in real life know that I am a terrible candidate for White House housekeeper. I was enormously relieved to wake up from that dream!
Both of the tools featured in this post are part of Timberdoodle’s Preschool Curriculum Kit.
How do you teach your children scissor skills? I would love to hear in the comments or on my Facebook page of any tools your children love!