Observe the child and adult with child-sized scissors and a piece of paper.
The adult models snipping paper with scissors. The adult provides support for holding the scissors if needed.
The child cuts one or two snips without help.
Many parents do not allow young children to use scissors for safety reasons. Let them know that child-sized safety scissors are fine as long as the child is supervised. Small scissors give the child practice with moving the thumb in opposition to the fingers. Make cards to mail to Grandma.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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