This is a fun little activity that I created on the fly for my four year old. He wanted to cut things with his scissors… And I just happened to have some photos on hand.
Now, I’m not advocating you hand photographic prints to your child to have them practice their cutting skills, because we all know where that could lead.
(Yikes! It could be worse than “mom, I cut my bangs!!”)
But most printers can print out average quality photos, even on normal printer paper. I used my color laserjet printer to print out some photos on standard printer paper — 9 images to a sheet. This created some nice straight lines between the images, which I hoped Toby would try to follow when cutting.
It seems like I didn’t explain my idea quite well enough (or Toby had his own activity in mind) — the activity became a series of snips and cuts in seemingly random array.
In the very least, I provided my child with something of interest to cut.
The simple actions of cutting — scissor skills — were still being practiced:
- holding the paper with your helping hand
- proper scissors grip (thumb in the hole on top, fingers in the hole on bottom)
- safety skills for using and carrying scissors
So, even though our activity didn’t turn out exactly as intended, I’m still calling it a win.
Toby got to practice his scissor skills using printouts of family pictures.
And, the icing on the cake?
My toddler got out the hand broom and dustpan, and swept up all the paper scraps …on his own accord.
Hooray for self-sufficiency!