Thursday 10 March 2011


Montessori Activity: Cutting Playdough with Scissors/Skæring med Saks/使用剪刀 [shǐ yòng jiǎn dāo]

Age: Generally from 3 years old.

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Objective(s): To train the child’s fine motor skills


1. 1 plastic scissors for kids (I use the brand called Color Kids)
2. 1 ball of play dough rolled into a roll
3. 1 basket (optional)


1. Demonstrate to your child by cutting the play dough with the scissors slowly one by one.

2. Then assist your child to hold the scissors with thumb and fingers in the handle himself and have him practice opening and closing the scissors.

3. As your child opens and closes the scissors, hold the play dough in between the scissors while he cuts the play dough.


1. You can sing and make the scissors motion as you cut the dough :-).

2. You can sing the song "Open Shut Them" and below are the lyrics:

Open Shut Them
Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open shut them.
Give a little snip, snip, snip.
Open, shut them, open shut them.
Make another clip.

Total Cost: Scissors 30 DKK (7 SGD)

Additional Information:

I am going to try this tomorrow. See I have already prepared the materials in the basket before I go to bed. I prepare in advance, because when Terrible Two Toddler J is around, I find it hard to gather my mind sometime. I am excited to know whether J is developmentally ready for this, but practice makes perfect :-). Tomorrow will be the first practice session :-) I bought the plastic scissors from BR Toys store.



7 November 2019 (3Y5M21D): : C tried this today for the first time. She enjoyed it, and was able to keep it orderly too at 3 years old, compared to when she was 2 years old. She shaped the play dough  into a flat pan cake too and cut the pancake. 

7 November 2019 (3Y5M21D): She tried it for the first time today, and she could do it very well. She also enjoyed this activity a lot. She was making a lot of effort too and one could see her concentrating. The activity lasted quite long.

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