Why You Should Let Your Toddler or Preschooler Play With Scissors

The thought of young children using scissors can be a worrisome thought for parents but it’s perfectly fine to let your child use scissors, starting as young as age two. In fact, it’s more than fine. Teaching your toddler or preschooler to learn how to use scissors has important developmental benefits. Of course, you always want to use caution and exercise strict supervision.

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3 Developmental Benefits of Using Scissors for Toddlers & Preschoolers:

Hand-eye coordination

Hand eye-coordination means that a person, your child, can use vision processing to move their hand while looking at something else. Hand-eye coordination is used in many different ways - playing catch and eating with utensils.

Bilateral coordination

Using scissors encourages bilateral coordination - the use of both hands at the same time, doing two different things. Your child will use bilateral skills every single day at home, at school and at play!

Fine Motor Skills

Allowing your toddler or preschooler to use scissors is a great way to strengthen the small muscles in the hands, in other words - it builds fine motor skills.


Ways to Make Cutting Scissors Fun

While cutting scissors is an important skill with great benefits, it’s important to make practicing scissors fun. Here are some ideas I found on Pinterest for making scissor practice fun for your toddler or preschooler.

Cutting “Hair”

Cutting Play Dough

Cutting Straws

Cutting Foam Sheets

Printables are also a great way to practice scissors, especially when your child has some experience. Check out this free printable from Melanie at Mostly Under Control or this really cute Digging for Fun with a Dog Named Doug from Vicki at Babies to Bookworms.

Check out my scissor skills practice board for more ideas!

This post is part of the 31 Days of Kindergarten Readiness series, make sure you catch up on the series here!

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