Scissor Skills by age
Beginning at age 2 years, children should begin snipping paper. A 3 year old is developmentally expected to cut within ½ inch of a line for the entire length independently. Children 4 years and above are developmentally expected to cut basic shapes such as circle, square and triangle independently. Below are various types of scissors that can help promote age appropriate cutting skills.
- preschool; spring loaded training scissors
- kindergarten through 4th grade; 5 inch pointed tip and blunt tip
- 5th grade and above; 7-8 inch pointed tip can be used for more precise projects and has slightly smaller handles
- Loop scissors can be used for initial training and also for those who have difficulty operating scissors with typical handles
- Table Top scissors are a great choice for those who have difficulty operating scissors with typical handles or have decreased fine motor control.
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