Fun, Scissor Skills Activity Booklet-ages 3-5

Fun, Scissor Skills Activity Booklet-ages 3-5

Scissor Skills: why cutting?

Cutting gives young children independent movements of each finger. Cutting with scissors works on the separation of two sides of the hand and strengthens hand muscles. Bilateral coordination is also addressed when they have to hold the scissors in one hand and paper in the other.

Scissor skills: Practicing

There is practice cutting, to improve my cutting skills. Practicing with items such as play dough, clay, or foam boards are a great way to practice scissor skills with items other than just paper. Making a collage out of magazines for an art project, or a paper plate cutting craft are great ways to practice cutting skills during a functional task.

Cutting practice with play dough
Scissor practice with play dough

Scissor Skills: Cutting out shapes

Cutting around shapes in the correct direction will help your child to get the blade of the scissors to stay on the line more effectively and should help your child to cut more smoothly. Right-handers should cut to the right of the shape, and left-handers should cut to the left of the shape.

Scissor practice on shapes
Scissor practice on shapes

Scissor Skills: Is gluing a fine motor skill

Learning to use glue develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor planning skills. It also helps your child understand the sensory concept of stickiness.  Cut out the shapes of the sea creatures, then paste them on the under water picture. Cut the shapes of the under water creatures, then paste them on the page with their identical shape. 

Scissor skills: How old before using scissors

Being able to use scissors to cut well is important for many preschool and school activities including art and craft. Children may have the skills to use small scissors by three to four years of age, but scissor skills are not fully developed until 6 years of age.


I hope you enjoy the Scissor skills booklet.  Practice will always help get a child comfortable with cutting, and gluing. Download your free Scissors Skill activity booklet today and help get your child ready for pre-school or kindergarten.

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