I think that it’s super important for kids to learn how to use scissors confidently, safely and accurately. Here is a fun activity that you can set up for your little ones this Valentine’s Day to get those snipping and cutting skills developing. This activity is quick and inexpensive to set up, and the addition of the hearts to the top of the strips of paper extends the activity by giving it direction.
This is what you will need:
Colored construction paper
Black marker pen
This is what you will need to do:
1. Start by cutting your strips of paper. These strips can be any size that you like. As a guide, the strips that I cut were 5cm wide and 21 cm long. Next, take your marker pen and draw dashed lines along the length of the paper. You can make straight lines if your children are just starting to learn how to cut, or more challenging curved and zig zag lines if your children are more experienced with scissors. I then used a glue stick to paste the heart to the top of the line. The positioning of this heart gives the strip of paper direction. That is, you cut towards the heart and away from your body.
2. Next, simply use a small amount of sticky-tac to attach your strips of paper to the wall. Ensure that they are attached at a good height for your child. Avoid attaching them too high or too low, as this may make the activity dangerous for your child.
3. The final step is to simply start cutting. Remember that scissors are sharp and that you should ALWAYS closely supervise your children and students when they are using scissors. By encouraging your children to cut towards the heart, you are teaching them to cut away from their bodies – a really safe scissor practice.
!WARNING! Please remember that scissors are sharp and that you should ALWAYS closely supervise your children when they are using scissors!
If you would like more information on teaching your children how to use scissors you may like to have a look at my Scissor Skills Ebook here:https://payhip.com/b/yBe4
And please download this FREE printable Valentine’s Day scissor skills worksheet here:
Thank you for reading! Jacinta Xx