Tips on how to teach preschoolers to use scissors – and some great resources to make the process easier!
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!
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How to Teach Preschoolers to Use Scissors
Find the Right Tools
Anna loved using these hold-on-the-outside scissors, which sadly I can’t find for sale anymore.
Give Them Interesting Cutting Tasks
We love 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
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!
How do you teach your children scissor skills?
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