plastic scissors, Making and creating, cutting, and gluing are all great fun and part of every child's creative journey - it is important to encourage them to have the confidence to use the tools we have available rather than teaching them to be afraid of the tools. Scissors are an important tool to master but should be used with caution. So, by teaching them how to use the scissors from early on, they will be able to cut and create safely without being fearful of accidents due to misuse.
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Here are a few tips!
Explain that scissors are useful but need to be used carefully. If not, they will be taken away.
Scissors are sharp and are used for paper only (and not their hair or skirts or reading books!)
No one must ever run with scissors or even walk about when using them. Cut when sitting at a table.
Always use children's scissors with them.
Store scissors downwards in a safe place out of reach.
Remind children of the rules each time you get the scissors out. See if they can prompt you!
Don't ever play with scissors - they are a craft tool and not for playing.
Discourage children from walking with scissors in their hands, but when they must, make sure they hold them correctly: grasp them by the closed blades with the blades towards the floor.
Always cut at a table so you can see what they are doing and they are encouraged to sit down.
Learning to use scissors is a skill that takes time and practice to master. Just like learning to use cutlery or learning how to walk, plastic scissors the children need to be given guidelines to help them, rules to make sure they are safe and plenty of practice to get it right!
Here are some scissor activities to get them trying it out!
Holding the scissors - Show them where to put their fingers and how to operate them so they snip. Practice with strips of paper or old wrapping paper: something easy to cut. Use all the snippings to take a picture!
Cutting in straight lines - Take some strips of paper about 8cm wide and see if your child can snip down the middle to make two smaller strips! Then snip the strips horizontally so you end up with lots of little square shapes. Then, snip the strips diagonally so you get a feathery effect.
Draw some curved shapes on some small pieces of paper and see if your child can follow the lies to make curve shapes. Glue them together, add some google eyes and features to make a funny-shaped monster!
Shapes - Draw a Square, Circle, Triangle, and Diamond on some paper and see if they can cut the shapes out! Color the shapes and make a shape picture!