The following post is by contributor Amy Anderson of Let’s Explore.
Scissors can be a tricky tool for kids to master. Playful, open-ended scissor activities are naturally inviting to kids, and can lessen feelings of frustration for scissor-newbies. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect – the best way to improve scissor skills is lots of scissor practice.
Tips for success:
• Model the correct way to hold scissors, with lots of gentle reminders. Show your child how to hold the scissors with his elbows close to his body, and his hand turned so the thumb is on top.
• A quality pair of kid scissors is important, too. Nothing is more frustrating than scissors that won’t cut!
• Offer a wide variety of inviting materials and activities for scissor work, and let your child play and experiment.
Here are five simple ways to practice scissor skills and have fun, too: