Chasing Cheerios

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Cutting Work


O and I cut strips of cardstock using my straight cutter. Then I drew lines on the strips for her to cut. She LOVES this work! She is VERY into cutting lately :)













14 comments:

  1. Great idea, I'll have to try this out with my daughter who is just learning how to use scissors.

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  2. This is a fun activity. I made some for my youngest son who loves to cut. Just for added interested I made them from printed scrapbooking paper.

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  3. this is such a good idea. I'm so scared of letting my son play with scissors. I know there are scissors for kids. which ones do you recommend?

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  4. I've tried all kinds of scissors with preschoolers over the years.

    Some things I've learned -
    1. If you have trouble open/closing or cutting - your child will hate them and learn nothing.
    2. If there is any gap or "play" between the blades, they will not cut. Some have a screw that can be tightened or loosened.
    3. Avoid plastic - find a good pair of metal ones with a soft grip rubber handle in a favorite color.
    4. BLUNT tip can still hurt.
    5. Don't put anything on your child that you are going to miss when they cut a little (or big) hole it it.
    6. Make sure they hold the scissors correctly from day 1. You will have to place their fingers on the scissors many times before they get it - just like writing with a pencil. This does not mean you have to hold it nonstop, just when they begin to get frustrated because they are holding them funny, replace in their hands correctly.

    I just looked at the ones in my house - they are all FISKARS.

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  5. thank you rachel for the advice.

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  6. Great idea, I am going to do this for Zara. She is also very into cutting these days.

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  7. And if I can recommend... have them cut with their "thumb up." I notice O's thumb is down - I think they all try to do that.

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  8. Damaris- I agree with Rachel's recommendations! O's scissors are fiskars. They have a soft handle, are metal, and have a blunt tip. Also, she has cut a hole in her pjs, but she was sad about it, so I hope she won't do it again :)

    O is not holding the scissors the right way in the photo. She's a bit stubborn about holding them her way :)

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  9. Everyone has such wonderful advice for helping kids learn to cut. Our youngest is a leftie and he didn't get a handle on cutting until he was around 5. Once they learn how to cut though they never seem to want to stop :)

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  10. Oh, yes. This was definitely a favorite for all of my littles. Here is a tip I am sure you have thought of: later on let her glue the pieces onto colored construction paper to make a collage.

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  11. great idea! I save the coupons from the Sunday paper for them to practice cutting as well.

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  12. Thanks to everyone for their comments! I learn so much from others! I will be taking all of these suggestions and using them with my son.

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  13. My daughter loves cutting, but when I tried to do this with her, she didn't want to cut on the lines and preferred to just snip away. So I found a bunch of different kinds of papers with different textures and let her snip away at all of them when she felt like it instead.

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  14. It is a good idea.i will try this for my daughter.thanks for ur advice.

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