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Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:55 AM
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How did you introduce your child (ren) to scissors and what kind did you start them off with and what are good exercises/things to do with the scissors to teach them to use them and at what age?

by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:55 AM
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holmes212
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:09 AM

anyone?

diegosmom828
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:11 AM
at almost 4 and i just let him cut paper so he could get used to cutting. After that shapes.
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XpectTwins92808
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:32 AM
2 & 1/2 is when my kids got scissors and we just cut scraps of paper and shapes then cut pics out of mags and glued them.
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holmes212
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:39 AM
I am nervous to introduce them.
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Lorelai_Nicole
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 4:10 AM

I got my girls the safety-type kid scissors from Walmart. I got a pack of construction paper and drew lines/shapes/etc. on them with a Sharpie, and then let them cut. They did a pretty good job! Those kid scissors are blunt-tipped, so they are WAY safer than regular scissors. 

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mypbandj
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 4:24 AM
You can start off with salad tongs and have them pick up pom poms or whatever. Then, if you can find them, bug catcher tongs that work like scissors - there's just no blade.
When you're ready for the real deal, start by cutting playdough. Just roll up some long playdoh ropes/snakes and let them cut away!
Next you can move on to heavy paper and cardstock scraps.
Fine motor exercises: squeezing wet sponges, playdoh, coloring - anything they have to use their fingers for.
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mypbandj
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 4:28 AM

Bug catcher tongs! Work on the motion of cutting without the actually cutting.

Another fine motor idea: transfer colored water to a coffee filter or paper towel using an eye dropper.
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babowes
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM
Straight lines. With dull scissos!
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bhwrn1
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I got the children's kind with the protector. I bought a Kumon cutting book and let them go at it!

bhwrn1
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:17 AM

We also just cut thing out of magazines

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