Give your preschoolers opportunities to develop their cutting skills but before you do so consider a few of the following suggestions:
- Make sure scissors will actually cut. If you can’t cut a piece of paper with the child-sized scissors you select then chances are, your preschoolers wont be able to either.
- Have left and right handed scissors available.
- Teach your preschoolers how to hold the scissors correctly and how to open and close the scissor handles.
- Teach your preschoolers how to hold the paper with the other hand so that he or she can cut more easily.
- Keep an eye on preschoolers when they are using scissors and make sure they are sitting down at a table.
- Teach your preschoolers good safety practices so they will respect scissors and use them for cutting paper, not hair, clothes, or each other!
Let preschoolers cut scraps of paper
Set out some old newspapers or left over scraps of paper and just let students cut. Preschoolers need time to build their fine motor skills and this is a terrific way to encourage cutting practice.