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"):