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SCISSORS CUTTING SKILLS

IN TODAY’S CLASS I WILL BE EXPLORING WITH US SCISSORS CUTTING SKILLS Some years back I had no idea of the benefits of scissor cutting, it was just a fun tool for me as an apprentice(2007), alot I have achieved with it without knowing the benefits  However, I began reading and researching a little and found how scissor cutting is linked to skills and development.

So I thought, today I’m going to share everything you need to know about cutting with scissors. 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼*As we all know learning how to use scissors plays an important role in developing the *fine motor skills young children need in order to hold pencils and crayons, but I find out that some adults are bad at scissors cutting give me a lovely Bitmoji if you are part of them?Scissor cutting requires a surprising amount of skill, so much so that it can be very frustrating for children and adults who wants to cut but is still learning. cutting with scissors requires an incredible amount of coordination. More specifically, it takes a tremendous amount of bilateral coordination, which is the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time to do two different things.What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in our hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. Fine motor skills involve the movements of small muscles that require your child’s brain to coordinate between the action and what they are seeing. Fine motor skills can impact things like holding a fork to eat or using a pencil to write.What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in our hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. Fine motor skills involve the movements of small muscles that require your child’s brain to coordinate between the action and what they are seeing. Fine motor skills can impact things like holding a fork to eat or using a pencil to write.What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills involve the use of small muscles in our hands, wrists, fingers, feet and toes. Fine motor skills involve the movements of small muscles that require your child’s brain to coordinate between the action and what they are seeing. Fine motor skills can impact things like holding a fork to eat or using a pencil to write.There are many components that go into cutting with scissors. 

These are the skills that children need to master or be developing as they pick up a pair of scissors and can cut a shape or line.

Using scissors to cut is a developmental progression of skill.  And by that, I mean that as children progress in their development, they achieve more skill and accuracy.Trouble with Scissor Skills Shows Signs of Poor Fine Motor, Muscle Tone and Proprioception

Trouble of this skill can make a child unproductive adultSo, remember how I said that scissor cutting requires bilateral coordination, where both sides of the body work together? Well, other life skills require bilateral coordination, too. Skills such as:

opening an envelope
buttoning a coat
twisting the lid off a carton of milk
scratching the opposite arm
drawing an x without switching hands to do so
peeling an orange or a banana
cutting up food
tying shoesWithout the ability to complete these every day tasks, a child’s self esteem can suffer and their academic performance is compromised. They may also be unable to develop appropriate independence in life skills (such as getting dressed and feeding themselves).Why are fine motor skills important.

Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday skills for a child like self care tasks (e.g. clothing fastenings, opening lunch boxes, cleaning teeth, using cutlery) and academic skills (e.g. pencil skills of drawing, writing and colouring, as well as cutting and pasting).WHY ARE CUTTING SKILLS IMPORTANT, ANYWAY?
Well, first, because it is an important life skill. But you already knew that.Children need to gain better control of fine motor and visual perceptual skills as they grow and develop and with that development, comes better use of scissorsSAFETY FIRST

Children and adults need reminders that scissors are a special tool with sharp edges that need to be handled very carefully. 

They are not toys and children should never treat them as such.  Children should always be supervised by an adult while using and handling scissors. Or use a plastic ones So, if scissor cutting is an important life skill that requires both sides of the body to work together, then it stands to reason that practicing scissor cutting will help gain proficiency in other life skills requiring bilateral coordination, such as those listed above.And speaking of life skills, scissor cutting also improves handwriting skills.
It requires fine motor strength in the palm of the hand as well as the thumb and first two fingers, known as the tripod fingers. 

These are the same muscle groups required to correctly hold a pencil, and like using scissors, the ring and pinky fingers are tucked underneath to act as support.  It is because of these similarities that practiced scissor skills transfer to better handwriting.SELECT THE RIGHT KINDS OF SCISSORS

Scissors should be child sized and fit comfortably in the hand. If you have attended my classes before you will understand what I mean in practical 🙂Safety scissors, which are also called children’s scissors, kid’s scissors, children’s craft scissors, or children’s plastic scissors, share several features:

💝They have a blunted end to prevent puncture accidents.
💕They are small, with handles designed so they are easy for little hands to grip and maneuver.
💖They also have a less sharp blade area, to help prevent lacerations.
💗And finally they have a short blade, again for ease of use.MODEL THE CORRECT USE OF SCISSORS

Your classroom environment should have alot of cutout you need them, and always correct a child who is not holding scissors correcting. Bad habits are hard to break, and correcting the wrong scissor hold down the road is a monstrous task!FOLLOW AN APPROPRIATE PROGRESSION OF SKILLS

Begin with the simplest skills first. 
If you have attended my class you will have observed I start with the following type of cutting

Motor cutting
Curve cutting
Cloud cutting
Ocean cutting
And other

This allows for practice opening and closing the scissors, during which I actually say to my students, “Open, close, open, close…”  Sometimes I will even slip my fingers into their scissors over their own fingers so they can really feel the open and close as I help my students pull the blades open as far as they can, and then close them.

Once snipping has been mastered, children and adults can practice cutting short, straight lines, and gradually progress to more difficult lines, such as kirigami and othersUSE A VARIETY OF MATERIALS

Keep up interest and enthusiasm by using some less traditional materials, such as cutting play dough snakes, straws, leather, cloth or cutting plastic. 

When cutting paper, slightly thicker or craft foam will be easier.  Try long, thin strips of paper to cut across the width. sandpaper, scrapbook paper, and photographs or copy are also fun.HOW TO PROPERLY HOLD SCISSORS FOR CUTTING

Scissors should always be held below the shoulder, with the elbow tucked in close to the ribs and the thumb facing upward. 

Scissors should also be held at least eight inches from the face and never parallel to the stomach, but always facing away from the body.  Attention to these details will not only ensure scissor safety, but will also ease the difficulty of learning to use them.Using scissors correctly helps to:

💗Build hand and finger strength
💝Develop skills for fingers to work together
💓Independent movements of each finger
💔Increased hand and finger dexterity
💗Promote functional grasp
🥰Increase focus and attention to a task
💕Promote bilateral coordination – necessary to hold scissors in one hand and hold paper in the other.
❤️Promote eye-hand coordination – required when cutting along a lineALLOW FOR INDEPENDENT (BUT SUPERVISED) PRACTICE

Not all scissor practice needs to have a specific task to complete. 
All children to practice on there own

Pls try thatConclusionTips if Your Child is Struggling with Developing Cutting Skills:

  1. Use hand over hand assistance while your child is starting to learn this skill.
  2. Use spring loaded scissors as this can help with the action of opening the scissors.
  3. Highlight the line where child needs to cut so that this stands out for them.
  4. Using play dough scissors and snipping play dough when staring to learn the skill.
  5. Holding playdough / paper for child so that they can focus on opening and closing motion of scissors.
  6. Modelling this action for your child to watch and then copy.

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