Scissoring

Last week Alex went from using his scissors for snipping, to cutting. In computer-game-speak, it seemed like he leveled up so I had to check out progression on scissoring skills. And, holy-cannoli, found lots of info at http://make-the-grade-ot.com. It’s an art AND a science. For your pleasure here is an excerpt from their page “Learning to Cut

“Here is the normal progression of cutting skills: snipping, cutting on a line, cutting simple shapes composed of lines (ie. squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds), cutting on gentle curves, increasing curves and finally circles.  When starting a new shape, be sure to start out with wide lines, say 1/4”, then move to thinner lines.
For beginners start with  snipping.  Try having the child cut straws into pieces.  Children love to see the pieces “pop” off and go flying.  For children that are having difficulties with opening and closing scissors, step back to practicing picking up manipulatives with large tweezers first.  Snipping on  recipe cards also works well for beginners. Cutting clay “snakes” into pieces in another fun activity.”

The next bit on the page talks about not introducing scissors to kids under four years old, so I wonder what kind of kids they have to deal with, but Alex seems quite content and safe (not even a single hair has been cut).

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