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Lesson Plans

Re Scissor skills

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John & Sandra Barrick (astroboy)
Tue, 30 Mar 1999 14:10:06 -0500

I work with preschoolers and the past 15 years on and off with young
children. This is what I do in a center ( are of the room).
Generally I just start out like the snip lesson below- but as the
year goes on and my art lessons get more involved they may need more
experience with cutting. So this is what I do for those. I also have
them practice cutting on straight lines which I have drawn on and
then show them how to weave another piece of paper to their lined

I would demonstrate the big hole and the
little hole. "Thumbs up" make them all give you the thumbs up
They always want to cut with their thumbs down. Show them how to
talking them through it "This is my thumb, it goes on top, ..THUMBS
Do I cut like this..(upside down) NO. This is how we cut."
Demonstrate. Then take the paper. Show them "We hold the paper with
this hand"-"Then we cut, how- THUMBS UP, You need to look at the
and follow the line ( turn your head and go off the line, later in
year I show them how to turn the paper and not the scissor)You
take tiny nibbles, open shut open shut. " I also
strongly recommend Fiskar scissors, I can't tell you how frustrating
is when I see a child struggling, and when I help with hand over
the scissors only fold the paper. Don't throw them out, put those
scissors in with the play dough. 3 year olds love to cut, many
allowed to use scissors at home. I always have scissors out , and
get mad when they cut, and cut, and cut, and cut. Just give them a
and dust pan.
Sandra and Nancy M
1998 CPR

This is off of the incredible art dept.:
Ages: 4 - 5

Materials: Scissors, paper.

Procedure: Cutting is fun. My first scissors lesson is
called "snips." The kids cut little construction paper
pieces (not pre-drawn in any way) and paste them
creatively on a contrasting paper. Very interesting
results! Kids love it and learn to use scissors. You
also use gift wrapping paper, newspaper, and anything
else they can cut.
Off of The incredible art dept.

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