Cutting with scissors is a sophisticated skill. As adults, we take it for granted, but it is an essential milestone in early child development.
It might be challenging for some children to coordinate scissor movements without ample opportunities.
Using scissors helps develop fine motor skills. Cutting with scissors requires an opening and closing motion of the hand, which improves finger dexterity and strengthens small muscles of the hand. These skills are fundamental for grasping pencils, writing, manipulating educational materials and precision tasks.
Cutting practice gives children a chance to work on bilateral coordination. In cutting tasks, each hand performs different movements. The assistant hand holds and maneuvers the paper, while the dominant hand manipulates the scissors to perform the cutting action.
Hand-eye coordination is a critical component of skill-acquisition. A child’s eyes direct attention to the hands to complete the task. The eyes and hands work together to organize and control successful cutting tasks. Most people attribute hand-eye performance to sports, but it is equally essential to academic activities, like handwriting, reading, and more.
Carefully maneuvering scissors, children learn to concentrate for extended amounts of time. The engagement of higher-level brain functions helps kids filter out classroom distractions, leading to the completion of meaningful tasks.
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Students from each class produced different creations this week using their cutting skills during their Online Hand Work Sessions.
Let us make cutting with scissors fun!