Practice With Scissors!
Learning how to cut with scissors can be tough and, as the saying goes – practice makes perfect. The biggest challenge? Keeping it interesting so kids will actually want to come back to practice again and again. Here’s a fun and beneficial way to get kids practicing cutting on lines. Draw a few lines on a piece of paper. Have kids pull off pieces of colored tape and place them over the lines. This trick visually highlights the lines and also makes them wider for better accuracy. Use thicker masking tape or electrical tape and you’ll also get the benefit of proprioceptive input as the child has to work harder to cut through the thicker paper. Kids also get some great grasping work as they pull off the pieces of tape and some visual motor practice as they trace each line of tape from top to bottom or side to side to secure them to the paper.
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