Want to encourage your preschooler to practice cutting with scissors? Try silly scissors! When my son found my old scrapbooking scissors he was excited to try them out! So I set up a simple tray to encourage cutting practice with silly scissors!
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Encourage Cutting Practice with Silly Scissors
Knowing how to use scissors is an important fine motor skill for kids to master. They need lots of practice cutting with scissors to learn how to properly use them to cut different shapes and lines. Preschoolers will love practicing with this simple tray of silly scissors!
Setting up this fine motor activity is simple! Arrange a few silly scissors and some scraps of construction paper on a tray or table and invite your kids to try the different edger scissors.
How to Encourage Cutting Practice
Recently I’ve taken to providing my preschooler with materials and stepping back to let him explore on his own. With something new and novel, such as silly scissors, preschoolers are usually excited to see what they can do! They unknowingly practice a skill and have fun doing it!
After I’ve given my son some time to freely explore the new silly scissors I then showed him how to cut different shapes. I used a pencil to draw a curved line and helped him cut along the line.
I also purposely keep activities like this open-ended. I’ve found that if I try to dictate the activity or turn it into a cutesy craft that he is less likely to be interested. So since my goal was for him to practice fine motor scissor skills, I kept this activity very simple.
HAPPY FINE MOTOR FRIDAY!
It’s good for toddlers and preschoolers to do a variety of fine motor activities. Having different activities help work different fine motor muscles and hand coordination which is necessary for handwriting. Fine Motor Fridays is all about giving you a bunch of ideas to do with your little ones!
Check out these great fine motor ideas!
Counting Straws Fine Motor Game from Powerful Mothering
Scissor Skills with Simple Christmas Wreath from School Time Snippets
Fun Writing Prompts Using Wall Decals from Lalymom
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