This super adorable scissor cutting activity is ideal if you have a toddler or preschooler who are developing their confidence in using scissors. This simple scissor cutting activity for kids to do at home or school is quick and easy to set up and fun.
When Boo reaches for the scissors, I have to admit, my heart skips a little beat and I really hope that she doesn’t have an accident. Fortunately, she actually has really great fine motor control, thanks for all our fine motor activities, and is really becoming very competent coordinating scissors.
Here is a simple scissor cutting activity you might like to try at home or school with your children.
Recommended ages: 3 years +
(Strict and active supervision is required at all times)
Scissor cutting activity for kids
To prepare this cool scissor cutting activity for kids you’ll need –
- Coloured paper (white is also fine)
- Black pen
How to prepare this scissor cutting activity
It really is very easy.
Simply cut your coloured paper into strips and draw a variety of lines on it.
See above for some ideas on how you can draw on your strips of paper. You’ll notice that I draw a variety of straight and curved lines. I also drew some that required Boo to snip completely through the paper and others that required her to snip, but not completely through the paper.
What scissors should my child use?
This is a difficult question and every child is different and has different needs.
It’s important to not rush them through the stages of scissors because you want to be sure they have appropriate coordination of the scissors and understand safety when it comes to using scissors. Here are the scissors we’ve used at our house.
Crayola safety scissors in orange – https://amzn.to/2LsgGvO
Preschooler metal scissors – https://amzn.to/2wnpc9W
Family household scissors – https://amzn.to/2BLU49Y
Boo had a wonderful time doing this scissor cutting activity.
She was disappointed when it was over and she’d cut all the pieces.
Increasing the challenge
This scissor cutting activity is great because you can simply enough increase (or decrease) the level of difficulty to suit your own child. The curved lines are certainly a greater challenge than lines that require a straight cut.
Boo was clearly very excited by the challenge. heheheh
In many ways we are not looking for perfection. You might do this with your child and find they are unable to cut along the lines. That’s totally fine because it’s all practise and a child needs to use scissors in order to become better at them.
You might be surprised how get they become at using scissors after doing this type of activity a few times. I hope you get to give this scissor cutting activity for kids a go!
Would your child enjoy an activity like this?
How have you supported them with using scissors?