Introducing Scissors
Feb 25, 2013 by



To establish the correct grip of card and scissors and introduce the cutting action


Materials needed:

Scissors (self-opening or with ‘teaching loops’)

Card cut into long, thin triangles



Demonstrate holding the card and holding the scissors. Explain the activity (i.e. what you will do with the bits that are snipped). Invite your child to hold the card and make sure that he is holding it with his thumb up and not pointing to the side. Then give him the scissors and help him place his thumb and index finger in the respective loops. Place your own hand over his and make sure that his fingers don’t slip out. Also ensure that he keeps his wrist stable and does not rotate it to the side. I like to use the phrase “thumbs up” to remind children to hold both card and scissors properly.

Next locate the scissors near the narrow end of the triangle and say “snip!” as you snip the first bit off. Show the child the piece of paper that was cut and say “look, you did that! Let’s cut more.” Help the child to snip more pieces of card. He may tire easily to begin with, but encourage him to cut as many as he can. You can count as you snip or say “snip” in different voices each time to make it rewarding.

If your scissors are not self opening, you open the scissors with your hand still over his. The first action he will get is cutting down, the opening comes later so don’t worry about that now. Also, do not draw lines on the card for your child to follow as this adds a dimension of difficulty that we do not want to introduce at this stage.

Follow the cutting session with an activity that uses the cut pieces.



Collage, making a card for someone, making confetti for a party.


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