Scissor Hints


Beginners need stiffer paper to cut for easy  success.  Pull out your old holiday or birthday cards to cut up.  Try old manilla folders but not too thick.  So often regular paper or construction paper will bind in the scissors which frustrates beginners.  Also start with short projects such as cutting a 4 inch strip in half rather than a whole page.  Begin without lines on the paper as the child needs practice with just opening and closing the scissors. Then add lines, curves, and finally shapes. Most of all have fun!!!! Turn your short snips of paper into confetti and have a pretend party

Safety Note: Always use blunt scissors with beginners.  Make sure the scissor size fits your child’s hand size!

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