Scissor Practice for Preschoolers

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Scissor Practice for Preschoolers

If an activity is a good developmental fit for a child it becomes evident in the amount of time he spends on it. Often a child will want to repeat the activity over and over again until it is fully mastered. There is something magical about finding the just right activity for a child that is a perfect match for her intrinsic desire to master developmental milestones.

Scissor practice activities for preschoolers provides a glimpse into what this magic can look like… For many preschoolers, practice with scissors is the perfect activity at the perfect time in their development, as they have an internal drive to master the skill.

The good news about scissor cutting activities is that they are easy to prepare and children often spend a long period of time focused on developing and perfecting their new found skill.

For a special three-year-old in my life, I simply cut colorful strips of paper and drew lines for cutting. It is also nice to include a small, bucket, basket, or bowl for the cuttings. You will be amazed at how careful your preschooler will be about putting her cuttings all in one place. They take great pride in seeing their accomplishment!

Scissor Practice for Preschoolers

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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. Thank you for this great idea! My 4yo loved it, and she particularly loved putting the cuttings in a little box. I had underestimated how much she would enjoy that part, and almost didn’t even bother finding a little box for her, but I’m so glad I did!

  2. Love this ideas! This would be great fun for the road that is educational, too!

    I will link this post on my website where I write about packing light and traveling with the kids. My $3 ebooks on countries like Spain and France and world class museums like the Prado and the Louvre are wonderful for visits -real or virtual!

    Thanks for posting this fun idea!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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