Scissor Skills

The DuckTail class worked on their small motor skills by using safety scissors to cut out pumpkins and stems.  We practiced holding the scissors correctly and taking our time cutting around the pumpkin shape.  The opening and closing motion of cutting with scissors helps children develop the small muscles in their hands otherwise known as fine motor skills. … Bilateral coordination involves using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing different tasks.  Other benefits of scissor cutting are:

  • Independent movements of each finger
  • Strengthens hand muscles
  • Visual motor skills (eye-hand coordination)
  • Visual perceptual tasks (directionality)
  • Promotes grasp pattern
  • Focus and attention