How to Create Scissor Cutting Skills Activities for Kids

Five Methods:Collage MakingPlastic Straw Bracelets/NecklacesColorful Window HangingsShapes ChartLion Face On Paper Plates

It’s amazing how quickly children grow. With growth, comes learning. One essential skill that is important to train your kids in is the art of using scissors safely and well. This can be started with safety scissors at the early ages of 3-4 years. Not only does learning this skill help the child exhibit neatness in craft, but it also improves his or her fine motor skills and concentration levels. Cutting with scissors for the sake of learning neatness can be a rather boring task for your child, but you can make it fun with the following activities.

Steps

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    Check the Things You'll Need section at the base of the article to find the resources needed for each project.

Method 1
Collage Making

This craft is the easiest and most enjoyable way to get your child familiar with using scissors. It will also enhance his or her learning and grasping abilities.

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    Cut a sheet of colored paper into small shapes of squares or triangles.
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    Repeat the above step for other colored sheets.
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    Draw an outline of the collage image onto the background paper. Start pasting on the cut colored papers, piece by piece, staying within the boundary of the image.
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    Ask your child to repeat the aforementioned steps until the collage has been completed. Or, make more to continue the cutting skills practice.

Method 2
Plastic Straw Bracelets/Necklaces

Introduce your child to the concept of cutting with this lively activity which he or she will totally love! Use plastic colorful straws to make fun accessories.

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    Cut a straw into equal parts. Cut each part at a measurement of approximately 1-2 cm. (You can cut the first one as a guidance for your child to follow.)
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    Repeat the above step with the remaining straws.
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    Arrange the cut straws (by color). They can be put together depending on the pattern or color assembly the child likes the most.
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    Take a strand of thread. It needs to be long enough to make a bracelet or a necklace, so measure the child's wrist or neck before cutting.
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    Have the child thread the cut straw pieces onto the strand of thread.
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    Knot the ends of the strand. You may need to help with this part.
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    Ask your child to repeat the aforementioned steps and make more necklaces.

Method 3
Colorful Window Hangings

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    Use this method for teaching clean cutting. Let your kids make vibrant window hangings for their room by following the steps below. This craft will teach your children to cleanly cut across an image boundary.
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    Find some outline prints of fun shapes. Choose images such as animals, cartoon characters or vehicles. Print off the image on paper.
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    Neatly color the image.
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    Cut around the outline of the image.
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    Punch a hole on the top of the cut image.
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    Tie a strand of thread to the image. Tie it around a window pelmet or other suitable place for hanging.
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    Ask your child to repeat the aforementioned steps with the other images. Practice hones the cutting skills.

Method 4
Shapes Chart

Teach your kids various shapes by involving them in outlining, cutting and pasting shapes on chart/graph paper. This is a simple yet effective activity to improve their hand hold with scissors, as well as helping them them to learn about shapes and colors.

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    On the colored paper, outline a shape using a stencil. Or, draw it with a free hand.
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    Cut around the outline of the shape drawn.
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    Paste the shape onto chart/graph paper. Label it.
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    Ask your child to repeat the aforementioned steps for the remaining shapes.

Method 5
Lion Face On Paper Plates

Your little ones can add greater life and character to their work of craft by adding fringes. Cutting fringes helps the child to learn how to cut in a straight line.

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    Using crayons, color the entire centre portion of a thermocol or paper plate. Stick to colors such as yellow and orange, to match the colors of the lion.
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    Color the side boundary of the plate. Use such colors as brown and red.
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    Draw the eyes and the nose of the lion.
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    Cut fringes across the sides of the plate. Show the child how to to do this gently, leaving a distance of 1 cm between each of the cuts. (This is also helping your child to learn to judge equal distances.)
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    Ask your child to repeat the aforementioned steps until the fringe has been completed.
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    Hang or lean the lion somewhere to display it.

Tips

  • Always make the first set for your child before you give him or her control. This will make it easy for the child to observe and learn.
  • Ensure your child cuts only under your supervision, so as to avoid any damage to him-/herself and his or her surroundings.
  • If your child is finding it difficult to cut, make a boundary around the area that he or she needs to cut. This will make things easier for the child.
  • Use only child-safe scissors to avoid accidents.

Things You'll Need

Collage making:

  • Child's safety scissors
  • Outline prints of animals, fruits or vegetables (or a drawing on a piece of paper)
  • Colored papers
  • Non-toxic glue

Bracelets/necklaces:

  • Child's safety scissors
  • A pack of colorful plastic straws
  • Spool of thread

Colorful window hangings:

  • Child's safety scissors
  • Outline prints of fun shapes, things or cartoon characters
  • Non-toxic sketch-pens / crayons
  • Spool of thread

Shapes chart:

  • Child's safety scissors
  • Ruler
  • Shapes stencils (optional)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Colored paper (8-9 sheets)
  • White chart paper

Lion face on paper plates:

  • Child's safety scissors
  • Thermocol or paper plates
  • Non-toxic crayons
  • Sketch pens

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Categories: Kids' Crafts