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Toddler Talk: Scissor Skills

Learning to use scissors can be challenging for young children. Here is a very fun and engaging way to help teach your child how to cut with children’s safety scissors. My wonderful intern, Stephanie, prepared this activity for my Pre-K class. (Note: This is a parent supervised activity!)

First, prepare the spaghetti: Cook up a package of spaghetti, rinse the noodles with cool water and let them cool. Then, put the noodles in a pan. My intern used foil pans.

My Pre-K crew LOVED this cutting practice. The texture of the noodles made the task of cutting SO much fun!

Each child had a huge amount of noodles. I was amazed at how they spent such a concentrated effort trying to cut it ALL! Some of the children loved the way they could lift the noodles and cut it. I found out this is also a great project for children who can get frustrated with paper cutting. A few of my little guys could not hold the scissors properly until they pressed the scissors into the noodles. Success!

This little guy was so proud of his completely-cut-up-spaghetti.

Here is a wonderful little song to teach your child on how to use scissors. I am not sure where I first found this—it has been in my teaching routine for years. We sing it as we practice cutting our spaghetti (to the tune of "Are You Sleeping"):

Scissors Song

Keep your thumb up,

Keep your thumb up,

When you cut!

When you cut!

We can cut with scissors,

We can cut with scissors,

Open and shut!

Open and shut!

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