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How can scissors help with early years learning and development?

Learning how to use scissors in early years can be engaging, fun and most importantly a fundamental part of a child's development.

Whilst you scour the internet for teaching ideas and activities to help children with their learning and development, scissor cutting may not be the first thing you think of. However, looking for activities which would teach your child to zip their coat up, catch a ball and in the future even help them learn to drive, well, suddenly activities encouraging this seem a lot more interesting.

 

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Early Years Development

The EYFS explains that when guiding children through nursery, preschool and reception, the professionals must incorporate these areas:

  • PSHE 
  • P.E 
  • COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE 
  • LITERACY 
  • MATHS  
  • UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD 
  • ART AND DESIGN.
five sets of scissors for Early Years development Selection of children's scissors from BCreativetolearn.com

As a supplier of early years art supplies, we understand how important it is that our supplies help support your work in these areas.

Physical Development

Getting children to use scissors allows them to build up tiny muscles in their hands because they will need to continually open and close their hands to grip. Gripping a pen to write may become easier, and gripping a paintbrush to paint may seem more fun.


A child will also need to hold paper with one hand and cut with the other, which introduces some bilateral co-ordination. This is where each hand needs to do something different at the same time. Can’t think where this could be useful? Try zipping up a coat without some bilateral co-ordination. It also enhances hand-eye co-ordination (helping in P.E to catch that ball I spoke about earlier).

Scissors for Early Years Coordination Example of Bilateral Coordination

If your child is not ready for scissors, you can get them to tear pieces of paper. If they are not ready to cut paper, children can cut playdough or foam. Using tools or hands to manoeuvre a piece of paper or play dough can help children to understand the way things work a little more, and is a step further into understanding the world.

In the next few articles we will talk about the different tools and scissors available from us and some ideas on how to use them.

Think about all the things you do in your day to life and how many of them involve using your hands and their muscles in a co-ordinated way and suddenly getting children to play with scissors doesn’t sound so silly…

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