My twins love scissors! They can spend a really long time cutting, taping, and gluing.
We started working on scissors skills when they were about two. I wish I’d had this awesome tutorial on how to hold scissors. It would have been so much more fun!
Once they learned the proper grip, we had them practice cutting “fringe,” short straight lines in from the edge of paper. Then we graduated to cutting wavier lines along the length of a page.
You can have a lot of fun just with cutting “fringe.” Here’s a little activity for you and your little one.
- Child’s scissors
- Adult scissors
- Construction paper in yellow, green, and light blue
- Pencil or crayons
- Ruler or straight edge
- Circle templates in 2 sizes – anything you can trace around
- Glue and paintbrush, or a gluestick
First, take your ruler and draw a line down the long edge of the green paper, an inch or two from the edge. Then freehand draw short lines from the edge to the long line you drew.
If your child needs it, you can draw lines for them to cut along here too. Once they have cut all the way around, fold up every other “ray.”
Help them glue the sun and grass onto the blue paper. It isn’t necessary to glue down the fringe of the sun or grass. Just tack down the solid parts.