Practice with Scissors

practice with scissors
I’m trying to find ways to get B interested in cutting (besides just random slits around the paper). I thought it would be fun to offer him some coupons to cut with me one Sunday morning. Walgreens has strips of coupons on the bottom of their ads and those worked out great. They were the perfect size. About 3 coupons into the cutting session, he’d had enough. Hey, it’s a start!
If you have any great activities or printables that you’ve used for cutting practice, please leave a link for us in the comments section!
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  • Reply Christy

    My kids love to cut plastic straws and then string them to make necklaces. They also LOVE to cut play dough.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Oh, I did the same thing! I was hoping they would cut longer too- sort of selfish reason- so that they would do some of the work for me. lol

    August 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Förskoleburken

    These are perhaps little too advanced, but very appreciated and cute!

    August 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Angela

    I love the idea of having them Cut out Coupons. My older child did this for vision therapy. For my pre-schooler, I have him cut staws, contruction paper strips, and we are working through an I can Cut book.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Raising a Happy Child

    Daughter is not interested in cutting “to order”, but she also enjoys cutting straws, yarn, foil and other things that are not paper. Maybe this will interest B more.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    Emily loves to help me clip coupons too! We also like cutting paint chip strips.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Kristalyn

    we have cut drinking straws too. love the idea someone had of using them for a necklace. i have little boys and they loved that they (the straw pieces) rocketed across the room when they cut them. i also love the idea of cutting foil. so shiny and different. i’m going to try that with my 3 yr old.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Cathy @ NurtureStore

    These Chinese lanterns are easy to make – my 3 year can manage them – and they make a lovely room decoration, strung up like bunting.

    I wondered also if you might come and join in with our Play Academy to share play ideas?

    August 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Lorna

    We have used the cheap bead necklaces that you can get at Dollar Tree. I think you get five or six for a dollar. We cut some into certain sets. (1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc.) Then another day I pulled them out and used them for sorting on number mats. I also like the Kumon cutting book (Target). My daughter likes cutting better when she ends up with a finished product.

    August 6, 2010 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Together Time 4 Families

    When I taught early childhood, the occupational therapists I taught with gave me this suggestion which was golden to building success. Try it- For beginning scissor cutters, cut strips into 1 inch strips. This way when cutting, one snip is all it takes to cut through the paper. Also use a sturdy paper to make sure the paper strip remains straight. As success happens increase to 1 and 1/2 inch wide strip and so on to get to the coupon cutting stage!
    Build for Success- Follow the Developmental Ladder.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Lorna

    Just found Snip It! at Walmart. Three different levels of cutting practice. They start by cutting colored strips like in the comment above, but then all those little snips get stuck onto part of a picture. You just peel the sticker parts and stick it down. Then they cut shapes to add to a picture and finally, cut shapes to build a puzzle type picture. This has been a fun and easy activity. There is also coloring that can be done on all of the pictures. All the pages rip out of the book with ease (a big plus!). It’s put out by Mead. I found it in the educational area by all the art supply items.

    August 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm
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