It is important to teach preschoolers how to cut with scissors properly. This way they can be safe and learn an important skill. Cutting practice helps them learn how to use scissors in a safe way so they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else. It also helps them to learn how to make straight lines, curves, and shapes.
In Part 1 of the Preschool Cutting Practice series, we discussed 3 pairs of scissors that you can start your preschoolers with. To watch that training and get more information on those special pairs, click here. When children first start cutting, they often grip the scissors too tightly. This can make it difficult to control the scissors and results in jagged cuts.
It’s important to teach children how to hold the scissors correctly so they can make smooth, straight cuts. There are many different types of preschool scissors on the market. With the right tools and a little practice, your preschooler will be cutting like a pro in no time!
In this article, we will cover some cutting practice activities that preschoolers can do with 3 pairs of scissors: blunt blade scissors, training scissors and advanced decorative pattern scissors. We’ll provide tips on how to start the activity and what kind of materials you should use so your child can be successful.
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#1 Blunt Blade Scissors
Blunt blade scissors are the best choice for preschoolers who are just starting out with their cutting skills. These scissors have rounded tips and are specifically designed to be safer than other types of scissors. They help children learn how to hold the scissors correctly without risking any cuts or injuries. When using blunt blade scissors, it is important to give clear instructions and supervise your child while they cut.
When introducing this type of scissor to a young child, start by having them practice on easy-to-cut materials such as foam sheets or paper plates. Show them how to hold the scissors and help guide their hands when making cuts. As their skill level increases, you can introduce materials like construction paper or cardstock that require more precise cutting techniques.
To make sure your child stays interested in the activity, provide a variety of colors and textures for them to work with. Consider giving them options like glitter paper, bubble paper, metallic paper, vellum paper and more! You can also encourage creativity by providing shapes like stars or hearts that your child can trace onto the material before starting their cutting practice session.
With some patience and practice, your preschooler will be becoming a master at cutting with blunt blade scissors in no time!
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#2 Training Scissors (with pointier tips)
Training Scissors (with pointier tips) are ideal for preschoolers who have already developed some basic cutting skills. These scissors have slightly pointed tips and are designed to give children more control over their cutting. With this pair of scissors, children can gradually learn how to make curved, zig-zag, and snip cuts.
Like with blunt blade scissors, it is important to provide clear instructions and supervise your child while they cut with training scissors. Start by having them practice on easy-to-cut materials such as foam sheets or paper plates. Show them how to hold the scissors correctly and guide their hands when making cuts. As their skill level increases, you can introduce materials like construction paper or cardstock that require more precise cutting techniques.
To help keep your child interested in cutting practice, provide a variety of colors and textures for them to work with. Consider giving them options like glitter paper, bubble paper, metallic paper, vellum paper and more! You can also encourage creativity by providing shapes like stars or hearts that your child can trace onto the material before starting their cutting practice session.
When using training scissors, be sure to remind your child not to press too hard while making cuts as this puts unnecessary strain on the blades and can result in jagged edges or uneven lines. With some patience and practice, your preschooler will be mastering their cutting technique in no time!
Cutting Practice Resources
#3 Advanced Decorative Pattern Scissors
Advanced decorative pattern scissors are best used by preschoolers who have mastered basic cutting techniques such as straight lines, curves, and snips. These scissors come in a variety of patterns such as stars, butterflies, flowers and other shapes which children find exciting. This type of scissor helps keep kids engaged because it allows them to create unique designs with each cut they make!
When introducing advanced decorative pattern scissors to a young child be sure to provide clear instructions on how to use the scissor safely so they don’t hurt themselves or someone else. Start by having them practice on easy-to-cut materials such as foam sheets or cardboard before transitioning to harder materials like cardstock or construction paper.
Be sure to remind your child not to press too hard while making cuts. This puts unnecessary strain on the blades and can result in jagged edges or uneven lines. With some guidance and perseverance, your preschooler will eventually become an expert at creating beautiful works of art with advanced decorative pattern scissors!
Cutting Practice Resources
It is important to ensure that your preschoolers are equipped with the right tools and materials in order for them to be successful at cutting practice. Start by introducing blunt blade scissors which have rounded tips designed specifically for safety. Then move on to training scissors (with pointier tips). This is so children can learn how to make curved, zig-zag and snip cuts.
Finally, advanced decorative pattern scissors will help keep kids engaged. This is while allowing them to create unique designs with each cut they make! With some guidance and perseverance, your preschooler will eventually become an expert. They will be creating beautiful works of art through cutting practice activities.
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