Scissors are WONDERFUL FRIENDS!!! They can befriend us for hours upon end.
Scissors ARE NOT DANGEROUS but they CAN BECOME dangerous if the person holding and
using them does so incorrectly. Scissors like caring and responsible owners. Scissors do
not like dried sticky glue on their blades just as much as you would not like it on your face.

There are many kinds of scissors used throughout the world. One of the most important
concepts to teach your child is that
their own scissors are special because they are made
specifically to CUT PAPER. Not hair, or clothing or curtains because there are special
scissors for these materials. When adults use regular scissors to cut clay either at home
or school, it sends an incorrect message to kids and explains why kids try cutting curtains,
clothing and three-dimensional objects other than paper! Blades of scissors are fragile;
they are not made to cut clay.



Is the size and weight of your child’s scissor appropriate?
Are the scissors easy to open and close?
Do your child’s fingers fit in the handles?
If your child is left-handed, do you have left-handed scissors?
If your child uses both right and left hands to cut, do you have scissors for R/L users?
Are you holding your scissors correctly?
Is the “driver” below the handle or inside the lower handle?
Have you taken time to teach your child how to hold scissors?
Have you shown your child how to cut using front and back teeth?
Do you have a special drawer or safe container for your scissors when you are not cutting?
Have you shown your child how to walk and hold scissors?
Does your child have enough muscle strength to open scissors wide when cutting?



If you have a younger child in the house, then your older children need you to teach them
about the proper care and safety of scissors, from the time they pick up the scissors until it’s
time to put them away. Teaching kids about SCISSOR EDUCATION is the responsibility of
parents and adults at home. Do not assume that your child’s teacher will take time to do this.

Respect your child’s potentials. With proper and constant supervision, your two year old can
learn to cut. But you must be present at all times, next to them or with them sitting on your
lap. You need to patiently help guide their little fingers and hands. If you have patience and believe they can cut and cut safely, they will. Cutting will help build the tiny muscles in their hands that they need to zip, button, snap, lace and other daily tasks. And cutting will teach kids to focus for sustained periods of time.

Cutting and creating should always be a joyful experience.

Take time to cut, to create and communicate with your child.
Cut to discover new worlds,
new perspective and unlimited creative adventures.