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April 29th, 2009, 09:26 AM
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Brinlee doesn't have much experience with using scissors. I bought a pair of those blunt/blunt scissors for her, but she just cuts lines from the edge of the paper inward and doesn't cut out a shape or object. Should I just draw different simple shapes on construction paper and let her practice cutting them out? How about different kinds of lines like zig-zag, wavy, straight, etc.?
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April 29th, 2009, 11:19 AM
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Sure! Just practice starting with lines. You can make bold black lines in a zig zag patter on construction paper and have her cut those for practice. She is 4, so expect huge improvements in fine motor skills through the next year.
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April 29th, 2009, 01:00 PM
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My dd still hates to cut and she's 10, yes she can do it, but really doesn't like to. Your dd is just fine for her age and will grow to have the ability to do this. I'll look around on-line for some pg I used for my dd that had zigzag lines and such if you need them:)

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April 29th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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She is actually interested in using the scissors, just doesn't really know how yet. She sees me cutting things out, and wants to do it. She's very eager to do everything herself, she wants to do it all and know it all. She's full of questions!
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April 29th, 2009, 05:07 PM
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You can have her practice cutting lines or shapes, or you can just let her keep randomly cutting, your choice. Over time they develop scissor skills whether you practice or not. Because Ani cut her face with toddler safety scissors (guaranteed to cut paper only ) and has a scar on her cheek from it, my big kids never were allowed scissors until they were 5 or 6. They cut just fine now at 7 and 9 even without the practice when they were younger.
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