Arts and crafts are one of the many ways children can express themselves, especially in the early development years of their lives. Scissors are one of the many tools a child can use during this activity and a way to continue to explore their creativity.
Below are the targets a child should be achieving when using scissors:
2 – 2 ½ years
- Child is able to open and shut scissors with two hands.
- Start to snip paper.
2 ½ – 3 years
- Child is able to snip paper.
- Child holds scissors in one hand.
- Dominant hand maybe not established at this age.
- Paper may be held by an adult when cutting lines.
3 – 4 years
- Child is able to cut along a 4 inch straight line.
- Their cut line should not be wider than ½ inch.
- Begins to use helper hand on paper.
4 – 5 years old
- Holding scissors with a neutral wrist and thumb up position.
- Uses both hands to coordinate holding paper and scissors.
- Cuts out simple shapes and along curved lines fairly accurate.
5 – 6 years
- Mature scissor grasp consistently.
- Hold and turn paper.
- Cuts smoothly without jagged edges or paper tears.
- Cuts along curved lines with accuracy.
6 ½ years
- Cuts out complex pictures and designs without assistance.
Below are some additional resources on scissor skill development and progression:
If you have concerns about your child at any age, please feel free to contact Crawl Walk Jump Run Therapy by phone at (586) 323-2957 to speak to an Occupational Therapist. You can also call to set up for a free screening at anytime.