- Posted by spectrum
- On May 1, 2019
Before a child can cut paper, they must use an appropriate scissor grasp. It is important to provide visual and verbal cues for holding the scissors correctly and observe whether your child does the following:
- Can your child open and close the scissors?
- Does your child position the scissors and consistently use their dominant hand?
- Does your child open and close their entire hand when cutting, or just the thumb side of the hand?
- Does your child have the scissors positioned in their hand correctly?
- Is your child holding the scissors in a perpendicular position to the paper?
5 Ways to Introduce Scissor Skills for Toddlers
- Snip playdoh, putty or straws into pieces
- Snip thick paper such as cardboard
- Cut out a vertical line on paper
- Cut out a circle on paper
- Cut out a square on paper
If you have concerns with your child’s development in scissor skills, you can contact us and talk to our friendly occupational therapists on strategies best suited for your child’s development.