Though I’ve met many kindergartners who can’t yet hold scissors correctly, I think scissor skills are best mastered early in life.
Beginning at age 2 or so, we use cutouts to practice.
Jayme began the cutout thing a few years back.
She printed off various Pokemon coloring pages, colored them and cut them out. During quiet time, she used these to act out Pokemon battles.
Jeffrey saw her playing and wanted his own. Except he wanted Mario cutouts. So we printed a bunch for him.
I discovered that these pages were perfect for cutting practice! If they cut through the picture, we could just print and color another one. Except–they really were motivated not to cut an arm or a leg off. It wasn’t just a worksheet for cutting practice, it was a cutout to play with!
Teaching Scissor Skills Without a Battle
So the scissor skills were eagerly practiced. We use the non-dominate hand as the “driving hand” to steer the paper. The kids have all enjoyed that.
As the little guys get older, they watch the bigger kids playing with cutouts, and they want their own. We happily print them off and set them at the table with a pair of blunt scissors.
It’s amazing how fast they learn. Simon can cut lines, and Sydney can successfully cut the basic shapes of her cutout.
Like everything else in life, scissor skills just take practice. Let your kids practice a lot, and don’t worry about them messing up. Teach clean up right along with scissor skills to keep the house from being overrun with scraps.
Cutting is a great way to encourage fine motor skills as well!