To do: Speak to your child about handling scissors safely. Scissors are for paper, and avoid walking with them.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: Scissors, paper, time to chat
Not only are using scissors great for developing fine motor control, they are also a useful tool for cooking, crafts, and school projects.
Try these pointers for helping your child respect the scissors.
- Clearly communicate what you may use scissors for. Cutting paper, snipping shapes, or opening packages are all uses for scissors. Have a dialogue with your child, identifying appropriate scissor uses.
- Pick a decent pair of scissors. Find ones that fit your child’s hand, but also cut paper. It’s frustrating and dangerous if the scissors are too dull, causing your child to become careless. They will respect sharp objects!
- If you don’t want your child to walk with scissors, provide a basket to lay them in. Then, show your child how to carry the basket carefully with two hands from one location to another. Explain that the scissors must always be in the basket if you are moving them!
- If you see your child handling scissors in an unsafe manner, simply remind them that scissors are a tool, and a sharp one at that. Give a few reminders on safe behavior, or calmly explain, “I see you aren’t quite ready for scissors yet. Let’s try another day.”
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