Red and green scissors

The 8 Steps to Cutting Success and Activities to Match

Here you will find the most common stages children go through when learning to cut with scissors. Children generally follow this predictable pattern however sometimes stages may be skipped. Each cutting activity suggested can be extended into an art, craft or imaginative play activity. These extension activities encourage the overall development of fine motor skills, which in turn feeds back to strengthening cutting skills.

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Balloon Bam

This game is not for the faint hearted as it requires the players to burst balloons to find messages inside. Some children love bursting balloons but others don’t, so this party game should be optional.

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How to Hold a Pencil– Tripod Grasp for PreSchoolers

A pencil grasp is the manner in which one holds a pencil. An effective grasp requires skillful positioning of the fingers, hand and wrist. It allows free and easy pencil movement while drawing and writing. The most efficient pencil grasp for drawing and writing is the tripod grasp.

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Gross Motor Development– Birth to 6 Years

Gross Motor skills are the abilities required to control and coordinate the large muscles of the body. These muscles are located in the arms, legs, feet, torso, etc. Gross Motor skills include: Body Awareness– for posture and control. Balance– the ability to maintain equilibrium while still or on the move. Unilateral Coordination– awareness of and use of the left and right sides of the body. Bilateral Coordination– the ability to coordinate both sides of the...

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Fine Motor Skill Development– How the Hands Develop Birth to Six

Fine motor skills require the small muscle groups of the fingers, hands and arms to work together. Movement, control and coordination of these muscle groups enable participation in everyday activities such as reaching, grasping, twisting and weight bearing along with manipulation of tools and materials.

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Left Handedness– Tips for Assisting Left Handed Children

Is your child showing signs of being left handed? Are you left handed yourself? Well never fear, being a left handed person isn’t such a big deal these days…

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Developing Pre-Schooler’s Hands– Fine Motor Activities For Children 4-5

Children of pre-school age are ready to try new and more complex fine motor activities. Their skills have progressed to the point where they are starting to separate finger movements, demonstrate wrist dexterity and display improved eye hand coordination and bilateral coordination (the ability to use two hands together).

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Activities that Promote Pencil Grasp

For some children, developing a pencil grasp, also known as a tripod grasp, is a challenging task. It takes time and practise but is imperative for efficient and comfortable pencil use now and throughout life. Learning to draw and write is made easier if a child achieves a mature tripod grasp before they go to school. For an explanation of the tripod grasp please read our information on located in the For Parents Section called...

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Dancing Ribbons

Most kids love to dance. Add these fun dancing ribbons and they will love it even more.

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Songs and Finger Plays for Fine Motor Development

It’s easy to assist your child to develop their fine motor skills through songs and finger plays. As children naturally love to sing, they respond enthusiastically to joining in a song with hand and finger actions, especially if you’re enthusiastic about it too. Here are some great suggestions to get you started.

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