Play dough is a great way to start with a toddler developing their scissor skills. Easy to use plastic scissors cut through the squishy play dough with ease. Roll out skinny worms to cut, or play hair dresser like Miss M is here!
These scoopy scissors are a great addition to sensory play experiences - rainbow rice, pom poms or even water beads can be scooped up and transferred from tub to container and back again! You can get them from Brianna at The Creative Toy Shop :)
Peekaboo! Isn't this just the most fun way to use scissors? And so exciting when they open it up to reveal the patterns that the scissors created.
A spin on the usual 'invitation to play' is an 'invitation to cut'! I presented Miss M with a variety of materials such a wool, paper and straws as well as scissors and glue to experiment, practise and create. I also found that corrugated cardboard is a great way to practise cutting using the lines as a guide.
I'm a big fan of paint chips - we use them for lots of different things (you may have seen our Christmas trees over on Instagram). This gave me the idea that they'd be great for cutting practise as well as children can cut along the lines.
Now I'd love to share the four winner of this week's Early Learning 101 scissor challenge!
- @funwithmama set up a fun cutting station
- @baby_grays_adventures used scissors to snip santa's beard
- @teachingjandg visited the Christmas tree farm and practised cutting down their own trees
- @lnnally created these beautiful flowers with scissor snipped petals
Last up I've got a teacher "hack" to share! You know when you have a worksheet which involves some sort of cutting and pasting? I use the guillotine to trim off the section that requires the cutting - and neaten it up around the edges which makes cutting a lot easier and leaves no mess behind!
Looking forward to finding out what the next Early Learning 101 theme will be and being inspired again for another week by our beautiful Instagram community.