One skill Liam doesn’t seem to mind working on lately is cutting (as long as it isn’t too challenging). This is one activity he is willing to do independently, but of course it really requires supervision with the scissors! Haha!
Cutting Tray Set Up
I really love this inexpensive serving tray from the party store! It creates a nice presentation for him and also some order to what is available to cut in each compartment. He can see what he has already done and what he has left to cut! Organizing each activity so that it fits neatly into a compartment of the tray helps him to see a clear start and finish to the activity.
Cutting Skills Tray Materials
Ribbon, curly and flat
Thick drinking straws
Old birthday cards
Strips of construction paper
Pool noodle slices
Each cutting material provided a different type of resistance and feel for him to become accustomed too, but it certainly wasn’t boring with bits of straw flying around the room. He sat with a good deal of concentration for each item with frequent reminders of thumbs up to cut. We are still unsure of whether or not he is left or right-handed but I think he is leaning to the left which is why the scissors might be confusing. I am left-handed but cut fine using right-handed scissors. The scissors we have clearly cut better with the right hand, but in general he rather color with his left.
He did in fact ask for a restock on several of the items on his tray that were the most gratifying but definitely not the paper. I bet he thought it was pretty unexpected to be given so many interesting things to cut and paper is the expected cutting material! I was even able to add in some work with play dough, rolling out the “snakes” for cutting! Great practice!
I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for more interesting things to practice cutting skills with as well as some more paper with specific lines drawn on them. Hopefully the boring mixed into the exciting will do the trick!
How do you like to work on these types of skills with your child?
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