Fun with scissors: Learning through play

In the mornings while I am getting ready for work, DD usually requests permission to use her scissors and markers. So I hand her a notebook and some scrap paper, and she busies herself with drawing in the notebook or cutting the paper.

Usually the scissor cuttings are fairly random, like this.

But occasionally, she surprises me, with gems like this one!  😀

Parental note: When she surprises me with the letter L, like the one above, it is not a parent-directed activity and I don’t think DD even realises that she is, in effect learning through play.

Presently my aim is just for her to get comfortable using a pair of scissors and, with a little guidance, but mostly figure out for herself, the best way for her to hold a pair of scissors and manoeuvre it around the shapes she decides she wants to cut.

To that end, scrap paper and old magazines are great resources for preschooler practice on building initial scissor skills.  🙂


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