Scissor Practice for Preschoolers

July 17, 2013

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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Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Jennifer said on July 21, 2013 #

    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!

    • Mariah said on July 22, 2013 #

      Hi Jennifer – Isn’t amazing to watch? Children love a sense of order… Many times we just need to give them the proper tools :-)

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  3. December Week 2 | Little Buzzing Frogs said on December 13, 2013 #

    [...] Audrey desperately wants to cut with scissors. I don’t care for this style, but we have them now, so I suppose until I remember to buy the kind I prefer, we will use these. Basic cutting skills! I gave Audrey a few strips of paper that I drew certain types of lines on, and told her to cut on the lines. (Adapted from this blog.) [...]

  4. The Educational Tourist said on July 30, 2014 #

    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

  5. […] Make your own! Just draw lines and be ready for the mess.  Playful Learning has several ideas for cutting fun. […]

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