Do you have a little one who is learning how to manipulate scissors? There are many benefits to learning how to use scissors for little ones, and they can start honing these skills from as little as 2 years old, though you’ll especially want to work on these skills with your preschoolers before they start big school.
Help tune up those fine motor skills with these 6 scissor skills projects:
1. Make a rainbow
Help your little one draw a rainbow, outline it in black texta and ask them to follow the lines to cut it out. As a bonus, ask them to glue it to a piece of paper to recreate the rainbow, it will help them to understand how to place things back together, almost like a puzzle!
2. Go on a newspaper/magazine hunt
This is a great activity for a rainy afternoon. Ask your child to find certain pictures in the newspaper or magazine (for the slightly older ones, ask them to find words they’ll know – or ask them to cut up letters to spell their name).
3. Cut out a sun
This is a nice fiddly one which will allow your child to really manipulate the scissors. Draw a nice big sun with thick rays to get the most out of this activity.
4. Use different materials
Finding different materials to cut out will help strengthen your child’s hands and allow them to understand how they need to manipulate different textured objects. Try material, tissue paper, cardboard and even pipe cleaners.
5. Create a night sky
Ask your child to draw lots of stars of all sizes – make sure they include a few shooting stars to make it magical. Add a moon in and ask your child to colour it in and then cut everything out. Once they’ve finished, you can get a dark piece of paper and ask your child to glue it on – makes for a nice picture.
6. Make a family tree
Layer upon layer for this one. You’ll need a big piece of cardboard for this one, some paper and photos of everyone you’d like to include. Ask them to colour in the cardboard as a background, draw a tree and colour on your paper, cut it out and stick it to the cardboard. From there, ask your child to cut out the photographs and stick them on. If you want to make this one a really big activity, you can cut out letters from magazines or newspapers to make family names.
7. Cut up playdoh
For the toddlers who are just starting their scissor journey, the best way to practice is to allow them to cut up playdoh – it’s a fun activity and you can use plastic scissors to ensure little fingers don’t get hurt.
Do you have any scissor activities to add to this list? SHARE with us in the comments below.