Here’s a cute Valentine’s Day themed free printable scissors skills worksheet for your preschooler. Learning to use scissors is an important part of a child’s development. It helps them to build up their fine motor skills, as well as their hand-eye coordination.
How do you teach scissors skills?
In order to teach scissors skills to your child, there are a few key steps to follow:
First, it is important to provide your child with the appropriate size scissors. Scissors that are too big can be difficult to maneuver (we have had good luck with the blunt tip kids scissors by up + up from Target, and the Fiskars blunt-tip safety-edge kids scissors). Once the correct size scissors have been selected, you can get started by having your child hold the scissors in the correct orientation – with the blades facing downwards and the handles between their thumb and index finger. Then, have them practice opening and closing the scissors.
Next, you can begin teaching your child to cut. Start with something simple, like cutting through skinny strips of paper where they can cut through in one shot. Once they’ve got the hang of this, then they’re ready to use this scissors skills worksheet. Have your child place their index finger and thumb on the paper and guide the scissors along the line. This will help them to develop the coordination required for cutting. Once they’re comfortable with this, you can move on to more complex shapes, such as circles and squares. Our fun food cutting practice sheets are perfect for these skills.
By following these steps, you can help your preschooler to develop important scissors skills. Not only will this help to improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but they’ll also have fun while doing it!
Click here to download the Valentine’s Day scissors skills worksheet:
Click here to download the free printable cutting practice sheet
This printable is for personal use only, not for commercial or resale use. Thanks!
Happy cutting! For more project ideas, check out our Valentine’s Day archive.