Preschool is the prefect time to start building fine motor skills and hand strength.
Allowing children to use scissors in a variety of ways will give them the opportunity to develop those much-needed fine motor skills as they begin the process of learning how to write.
But it is much more than just fine motor skills, when children use scissors they are also improving hand eye coordination and bilateral coordination.
Give children plenty of opportunity to use scissors through out the day.
One way is to give children access to a cutting station. Set up a simple cutting station that children can use through out the day.
Morning Work Time
Table Top Activities before nap
When children need to be redirected
Have different items for the children to use scissors with.
Challenge children with different styles of cutting tasks.
Short Straight Lines
Short Slanted Lines
Long Straight Lines
Zig Zag Lines
Start and Stop Strips