The Importance of Using Scissors


One of the most surprising benefits from an early education in music is the ability to use …. drum roll please … scissors. Seriously. There’s a rhythm to using scissors, a coordination of the fine motor skills, the thumb and pointing finger, working together, yet separately. Eye-hand coordination is moving the hand and scissors forward in a straight line without cutting off anything really important. (Gulp). Like a finger.

Practice with rhythm and instruments helps a child use scissors. Not so funny thing is that kindergarten teachers say that children are starting school without this very basic skill.

One thought on “The Importance of Using Scissors

  1. I found your comments regarding scissor usage a wonderful confirmation. I am a free-hand scissor art educator in Tokyo and have been working with kids for over 30 years. Do you know of anyone who has done research on scissors and their impact on ECE?
    I am trying to find educators to support my field research. Yes, scissors are an extremely important part of any child’s education. Thank you for your thoughts.

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