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Editor's Note: This article was written for parents but we share it with you because it may be something you would want to share with the parents of your kiddos

Teaching Children the Proper Scissors Grip

By: Renee of The School Sparks Staff

Like its close cousin the proper pencil grip, a child must be taught the proper scissors grip.

It is typical for children to explore with their palms facing downward and their little hands outstretched. The proper scissors grip requires a child to twist his hand from the palm-down position so that his thumb faces upward and his pinky finger points at the floor, like he’s getting ready to shake someone’s hand. As if that position wasn’t unfamiliar enough for a child, he then needs to spread his thumb and pointer finger as far apart as possible to make the blades of the scissors open.

Due to the complexity of the correct scissors grip, it is common for young children to hold and try to use scissors incorrectly.

While cutting, your child will also need to learn how to use his non-dominant hand to hold the paper. Initially the non-dominant hand will just need to hold the paper still as the dominant hand moves the scissors forward in a straight line. Eventually, though, the non-dominant hand will need to move and turn the paper as the dominant hand opens and closes the scissor blades.
Tips for teaching your child the proper scissors grip

Most children become interested in scissors around age two and a half or three. When your child first shows an interest in using scissors, I have a few tips I recommend to help him quickly master the proper scissors grip.

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Tags: Fine Motor Skills Newsletter Article 16 December 2011