Cutting paper can be frustrating for little hands, and for grown-ups too. And it's easy for a grown-up to say "let me do it" and then hand the parts to the kids. After all it avoids a lot of the mess, the problems, the frustration and all the pieces are cut out right.
But here is the problem with that, cutting paper is an important skill for preschoolers to learn, and master. One thing of course is the hand eye coordination, of following a line, but the other is helping to build those hand muscles.
Both of these are key to helping develop fine motor skill success. And those fine motor skills help with learning to write.
So yeah, it's not a fun process some days - but it is an important skill to learn and master. Some tips are to make sure they master cutting a straight line first, then move onto those wavy lines or a circle. And don't ask them to do any fussy cutting (little pieces, flower petals etc).
Also watch close, are they favoring their left hand? You might have a lefty and other scissors may be the key to success!
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K