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We’ve been focusing on scissor skills with my 5-year-old daughter lately and I wanted to create some fun themed cutting practice pages for her. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I created these Thanksgiving-themed cutting practice pages as a free printable download and wanted to share them with you today.

Importance of Scissor Skills

Scissor skills are an important visual-motor activity for preschool and kindergarten-age children. Some of those skills include:

  • Bilateral Coordination (using both sides of the body together, in this case, the hands).
  • Visual-motor skills (being able to use the eyes and arms together to complete a task).
  • Fine motor skills (including hand strength, motor planning, and muscle memory).

Scissors to Use with These Cutting Pages

I like to recommend a variety of scissors depending on where your child is skill-wise. If your child is just starting out with scissors, I would begin with either safety scissors or spring-action scissors.

  • Safety Scissors
  • Spring Action Scissors

If you are working with an older child or a child who has mastered holding and opening the scissors correctly, you can try these scissors:

  • Soft-handled kids scissors

And if you need some adapted scissor suggestions for those struggling, I like these options:

  • Mini easy-grip scissors 
  • Loop scissors 

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    If you would like more resources like this one, check out the links below.

    • 5 Tips for Difficulties with Scissor Skills
    • I Am Thankful For Writing Activity (free printable)
    • DIY Scissor and Cutting Practice Toolkit
    • 5 Easy Ways to Introduce Scissor Skills for Toddlers

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