Cutting with scissors is a hard skill to learn for some children. You might notice that your child is struggling with their scissors and it could be their hand strength that’s causing this. There are a range of different skills your child needs before they can cut, and use scissors with ease.
Some ways that you can use scissors to build and develop scissors skills include:
- Cutting playdough
- Cutting simple strips
- Cutting flowers and leaves
- Cutting catalogs for a wishlist
- Cutting grassheads
- Cutting block letters
- Cutting simple shapes
- Cutting tissue paper
- Cutting jelly
- Cutting the lions mane
One way that we can always encourage scissor skills is to have the scissors in an easy, accessible place so then you can encourage their use in the everyday, rather than for specific moments.
And encourage the correct hand position by explaining that our thumbs go on the top (just like when holding a gaming controller!)
I have a range of different printables that encourage scissors skills here.