Thursday 19 May 2011


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

Age: 2 years 3 months

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

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


1. 1 pair of scissors for kids
2. Strips of cut vanguard sheet approximately 2 cm wide (to allow the child to cut through the strip in 1 snip)
3. 1 basket (optional)


1. Demonstrate to your child by cutting the playdough 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 playdough in between the scissors while he cuts the playdough.


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

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.

Here is a youtube video on the tune:

Additional Information:

J (2Y2M14D) tried this for the first time this today. He was able to use the scissors with two hands to cut the scissors. Towards the end, he was able to use one hand to hold the scissors and cut the strip, but it was with much difficulty.


Monday, 11 July 2011 J Summary (2Y4M6D) - Cutting with Scissors with One Hand
We tried again the scissors activity and today J cut by controlling the scissors with one hand successfully, but at time, he used his left hand to hold the other hand to give it more strength. We used the normal scissors, as the kid's scissors did not work.


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