When do you introduce scissors to your child?

Krystalle - posted on 01/29/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My oldest got his report card from SK and in art got a lower grade cause he's having troubles with cutting. I know that's my fault cause I still don't let him use scissors, to my there like handing over a steak knife! When should you introduce them?

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Courtney - posted on 02/23/2010

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We let our daughter use child safety scissors at about 2 1/2 years old...I believe our son will be quite a bit older before we take that risk though :) She is 5 1/2 years old now, comfortable with them and is allowed to use them unsupervised, and uses them regularly in school. I really think it depends on the child though. She has always had a calm temperment and is very cautious so I felt secure in letting her use them. I do know quite a few of her friends and cousins are just getting used to using them...

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2010

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we started teaching ours how to use children's scissors around 3 years old. our daughter picked up pretty quickly (she is right handed), or son, who is left handed is just getting the idea now, a little over 3 1/2 years old.

Danielle - posted on 02/04/2010

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I have a suggestion for you. You can go to walmart or any craft store and buy kids scissors that have a cover ove the tip when you store them. I agree i was nervous with giving my son scissors to but these scissors are great they work on paper but if you accidentally run your finger over them or touch them it is not sharp to the touch and doesnt cut them however it will pinch them if theyre cutting an accidentally get to close to their skin but no blood or cut. Good luck don't be so hard on yourself it will come to him hell i still can't cut properly and i;m 38 LOL

Ilene - posted on 01/30/2010

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How old is your child? My six year old is in Kindergarten and it's normal to use them in class. Although many children have small motor skills issues as my son does. He is constantly turning his hand when using them. The fact that his school is using them in class is a sign that they are using them and I would start at home teaching him how to hold them correctly and how to cut with them. My son has gotten much better at using them.

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