Improving Scissor Skills

Developing scissor skills is a vital part of fine motor development.

Learning to cut with scissors will strengthen your child’s hand muscles and will also help your child to learn to use the thumb, index and middle fingers together.These are the “tripod fingers” that are used to hold and control a pencil when writing.

This is why scissor cutting can be considered a “pre-handwriting” skill.

In this OT Mom E-book, I will show you what good scissor skills look like, and will also show you the common mistakes that kids make when learning to cut with scissors.

I will then give you suggestions to follow to develop your child’s cutting skills.


Contents Of This E-Book

  1. Introduction: 2 pages of vital information on cutting with scissors
  2. A scissor cutting checklist to help you analyze your own child’s cutting skills, plus 4 pages of poor techniques (photographed) that kids sometimes use
  3. 6 pages packed with photographed activities that will help your child develop scissor cutting skills: first the grasp/release motion, and then learning to cut on a line.
  4. Appendices: 3 pages of bilateral coordination activity ideas and 2 pages of fine motor tips.
  5. Bonus: OT Mom Cutting Templates containing templates that can be used to help your child cut on lines. The template includes lines, basic shapes, a giraffe cutting activity, a rocket cutting activity and two Christmas cutting activities


Developing Good Scissor Skills

In order to develop good cutting skills, your child first needs to develop the grasp/release motion of the scissors, and then to cut on a line. The activities in this e-book will help your child to develop these skills.

If your child struggles to manipulate the paper while cutting with scissors, then bilateral coordination skills may be poor. For this reason, I include 3 pages of bilateral coordination activities that can easily be done at home.


Honesty Point

A few of the activities and tips in the e-book are available for free on my website, but most of the content is exclusive to my e-book customers. If you need free advice and activities, click on the Fine Motor Skills tab on the left side of this page and follow the scissor cutting links.


How Were These Activities Chosen?

As a pediatric OT, I have had years of experience working with kids in private practice, local schools as well as in low-income communities. Many of those children struggled with fine motor tasks, and these activities have proven to be beneficial in helping them develop their scissor skills.

I make a point of choosing activities that can easily be done at home with inexpensive everyday resources. As with all the activities on my website, real-life photos accompany the instructions.


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Why Is This E-Book Not Free?

My e-books are not free as I need a source of income to maintain this website. I have kept the prices as low as possible, but if you genuinely cannot afford an e-book, and need more than the free resources I already offer on my site, then feel free to contact me to explain your situation.

I invite you to explore the free scissor skills information and cutting activities on my website if you need free information or a sample of what I offer.



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