Day #5 Snip Snip!!
by Sara le Roux, Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District
Last week the lovely Liz Cairns, owner of The Creation Station South Ayrshire published a wonderful piece about ‘The Cutting Station’ and since Boo has recently started pre-school, I think it’s definitely time that we start working on improving his cutting skills.
Handing over a pair of scissors to your little one is always going to be a ‘hold your breath’ moment as you cross your fingers that it won’t result in a trip to the emergency room. There are many things that you can do to encourage your child to develop safe cutting skills including using ‘self-opening’ scissors or ‘spring-aided’ scissors (with a rounded tip). These scissors will help your child to understand the action needed to use the scissors but give them control over their cutting until they are ready to progress to standard scissors.
Liz’s suggestion of using straws is excellent. It is an easy cut for a child, and the sound of plastic straw pieces dropping into the tub always creates an excited response.
What You’ll Need
- Scissors – suitable for your child’s age
- A container – we used a small flexi tub that we already had (available from pound shops) but any container will do
- Items to cut up – anything that you have in the cupboards – straws, paper, card pieces, and old paint chart cards are great items to use for this activity. We also downloaded some cutting skill sheets from the internet for this activity.
Boo seemed a little confused that we weren’t going to be doing ‘make Mummy, make’ today, but once I showed him what the scissors could do he happily started cutting with an excited ‘Ssschnip (giggle) Ssschnip’ (giggle) each time he tackled a new piece.
I think the hardest part with this activity is resisting the urge to just do the cutting for your child and not get frustrated when they don’t manage to cut on the line. This activity was definitely a hit in our house and I will certainly be using it on a more regular basis with different materials to cut so that we can gradually build on Boo’s skills.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 10 minutes – but this should hopefully increase over time 🙂
Ensure that you are using age appropriate scissors and materials
Supervise your child throughout this activity to ensure safe scissor use
Day #5 DONE! 95 to go!