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Scissor Skills

The Importance of Scissor Skills


Within Nursery the children enjoy accessing our Snipping Station. This area helps to develop their scissor skills. We would like to share with you the importance of scissor skills and also the stages of scissor skills.

The opening and closing motion of cutting with scissors helps children develop the small muscles in their hands otherwise known as fine motor skills. These muscles are crucial for holding a pencil or crayons and gripping and manipulating objects.

Cutting also helps develop eye-hand coordination as children hold the paper with one hand and cut with the other while tracking the movement of the scissors with their eyes.

Another important skill that is developed through cutting is bilateral coordination. Bilateral coordination involves using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing different tasks. For example, to cut a square, the child must hold the paper with one hand and turn it while the other hand is not only opening and closing the scissors but also moving along the line. Easier said than done!

There are many stages of scissor skills. Cutting around shapes is a more complex skill and your child may benefit from enjoying the stages prior to this one to develop their strength first. We hope you find the following stages of scissor skills helpful when supporting your child with their learning experiences at home.

Developmental Sequence of Cutting Skills


This is the order in which cutting skills should be introduced to young children.


  • Rip (fingers, no scissors)
  • Snip
  • Fringe
  • Straight lines
  • Zig zag lines
  • Curved lines (circles, waves, hearts)
  • Right angles (squares and rectangles)

Not Just Paper!


Please allow your child to explore a variety of materials to snip and cut. For example, Play Doh, grass, herbs, wool, felt, card, vinyl etc.


Cut, Cut, Cut


Open shut, open, shut,

That's the way we cut, cut, cut.


Tuck your elbows nice and tight,

Make sure you hold your scissors right.


Fingers on the bottom,thumb on top.

Do not let the paper drop!


Hold your scissors straight, not down,

Turn your paper round and round.


Open, shut, open, shut,

That's the way we cut, cut, cut.

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