- Important precursor to handwriting.
- Strengthen finger muscles
- Develop fine motor skills
- It also helps with “bilateral coordination” – both sides of the body trying to work together in doing an action.
- Help with eye-hand coordination
- Build focus and concentration
Scissors can be introduced to children as young as toddlers, of course with the necessary safety precautions and guidelines.
Always encourage children to carry scissors on a tray in the classroom.
Verbalize to the child, “We use scissors to cut paper”. “It is not safe to walk around with it”.
It is a good idea to begin with simple cutting strips and then can be followed by various extensions based on the interest of the child.
Special scissors are also available in the market to ensure easy cutting and to prevent frustration in left handed children. Here’s an example : left handed scissors
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