Writing & Scissors

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Many people don't realize, but letting your child play with scissors will help them be better writers. How you ask? By giving them opportunities to develop fine motor control. Fine motor activities support the finger coordination and there are many ways to encourage scissor use.

Ways to use scissors to improve your child's skills.

First, give them random paper to just cut. Don't worry about the many small snips they make, it'll refine over time. Then, start to ask them to cut all the way across the paper. Again, it doesn't matter what kind of paper, or how straight it is. What matters is that they are building stamina in those tiny little fingers.

When they are ready for more precision you can draw a line across, or better yet, visit your paint store to get some of these paint samples and encourage your child to cut them into strips. Once that becomes easy for them, then consider drawing circles or other shapes on a paper for them to cut.

Don't make the mistake many parents make by jumping to have them cut shapes. This will only cause your child frustration. Start simple and work your way up. Before you know it, they'll be able to cut cardboard cereal boxes or egg cartons and be decorating your whole house with creative art!

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