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Learning to use scissors is an activity that requires great attention, coordination, and training. If your child is between 3 and 4 years old, he is already prepared to carry it out. Being able to cut silhouettes is a great step in their evolutionary development and substantially improves their fine motor skills by fostering their creativity. And it is that, learning to cut is an excellent activity for children.
First of all, you have to ask yourself if the time is right. It will be if:
- Knows how to use a spoon or fork.
- Knows how to open and close hands.
- Knows how to do something involving both hands, such as putting a lid on a jar.
- He is able to separate his fingers.
If he masters all these tasks, you can teach him to cut.
The ideal scissors for that age should be special scissors for children who are in early childhood education:
- They have rounded tips.
- Are plastic.
- They are not sharp so it does not get damaged.
- There are scissors for left-handed children.
- There are scissors with straight cut, zigzag, with waves ...
1. The child should insert his thumb into one of the holes of the preschool scissors, put the index finger on top, and put the middle finger and the ring finger in the other hole of the scissors.
2. Ideally, you should approach the activity little by little, to increase the level of difficulty. You can first paint a straight line and have him cut it out and then you can draw a dotted line for him to follow. This way we will gradually increase the complexity of the task. When you see that he is able to cut the lines with skill, that will be the moment when he can assume the cutting of geometric figures.
3. After this, you could already deal with cutting curved lines. This task will potentially improve your eye-hand control.
4. Lastly, you can teach him to cut shapes with sharp angles.
5. You can use different materials such as newspaper, magazines, cardboard, folios, patent leather, etc.
On the internet there are thousands of downloadable pages specially designed for children to practice this activity. You will find straight lines, curves, silhouettes, zigzags and even the mythical cut-out dolls from our childhood. You just have to search in images for "exercises to cut".
- Improves fine motor skills, that is, skills that require coordination between short muscles, the eye and the hand, such as writing, drawing and painting.
- Improved coordination between the brain and the hand.
- With the cut they begin their artistic facet.
- They improve the manipulative dexterity for other activities that involve the use of your hands such as holding your toothbrush, putting on your pants, or throwing and catching a ball.
- Practice bilateral coordination (use both sides of the body at the same time while each hand performs its own task). While cutting a circle, for example, you must turn the paper with the other hand.
- Do you remember the collages we made at school? Well, when your child knows how to cut out geometric shapes, you could cut out small pieces of colored paper and then compose a collage.
- A very fun activity is to print a photo of yourself and cut it into pieces to later make a puzzle.
- Try making a triangle garland to decorate your room.
- And of course, you can practice the traditional game of cut out dolls and put on the typical clothes with eyelashes to play changing costumes.
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