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Scissor Control

This week in Pre School we have been learning to cut with scissors, this helps your child learn to do so much more than just cut!

Here are some amazing facts that support your child's development; 

  • Builds hand strength – Opening and closing scissors helps our children build up the small muscles in their hands. These muscles are important for everyday activities such as drawing, using cutlery, brushing your teeth and getting dressed.
  • Developing hand-eye coordination – Children learn to watch where they are cutting, using their eyes to guide how they should move next. This is important for activities such as playing sports, getting dressed and cooking.
  • Learn to use both sides of their body – Cutting encourages children to do different things with each side of their body – one hand holds the paper whilst the other hand holds the scissors. This is called “bilateral coordination” and it's important for everyday activities such as zipping up coats, doing the dishes and writing.
  • Improves attention – Using scissors to cut out shapes or cut along a line takes concentration and attention to detail. The ability to pay attention for longer periods of time is important to be able to listen and learn in the classroom, read books and ride a bike.