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 cutting 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.
This e-book is
intended to encourage your child's normal development.
If you suspect your child has any delays, please seek a
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.
Some of the activities and tips in the e-book are available for free on my website, but some of the content is exclusive to my e-book customers.
If you need free scissor cutting advice and activities, click on the Cutting Skills tab on the left side of this page and dig deeper into my pages.
While working as a pediatric OT, I 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 been beneficial in helping
them develop their scissor cutting skills.
As a homeschooling mom on a tight budget, 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 not try some Christmas Cutting Activities as well?
View my Nativity Themed Christmas Cutting E-book here!
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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