Advanced Cutting Practice

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. This adage is certainly true for developing fine motor skills including the proper scissors grip. To provide additional practice handling scissors, I created four new, and more challenging, cutting worksheets.

Advanced cutting worksheets

These advanced cutting worksheets present an added challenge for children because they consist of one long, continuous line rather than many shorter lines. To successfully cut along each long curvy or zigzag line, your child will need to hold the entire sheet of paper in his non-dominant hand while his dominant hand operates the scissors. Remind your child to hold the scissors directly in front of his body and to use his non-dominant hand to turn and twist the paper to create the curvy or zigzag cuts.

I suggest beginning with the cutting worksheets that feature the curved lines. The long, continuous lines will allow your child to pause at any time to move the paper with his non-dominant hand, open or close the handles of the scissors with his dominant hand, or rest his dominant hand. When your child can comfortably cut out the entire curvy line, ask him to practice cutting the worksheets with the zigzag lines. The long, continuous zigzag line on each worksheet is a bit more challenging because your child cannot choose where to pause as he cuts. Instead, he will need to make one straight cut, then pause to turn the paper, make another straight cut, then pause again to turn the paper. With this method, your child will create sharp corners along the zigzag line.

If your child finds that cutting the entire line is uncomfortable or frustrating, cut the page into two parts, each with a shorter line. Once your child is comfortable cutting half of the line that is on the worksheet, you can reprint another advanced cutting worksheet and allow him to attempt cutting along the entire line.

You may wish to save the cut pages in an envelope and put the date on them for future reference. As your child’s cutting skills improve, you can show him his early attempts to help him recognize how his skills have improved with practice.

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