With preschool looming for many three and four year olds, it’s maybe time to encourage them in developing their fine motor skills. When they get to Montessori or play school, they will have lots of opportunities to use scissors and also to do crafts. If you do some at home with them, they will be more confident in doing it when they are in school. If you want to encourage this, but you just don’t know where to start, here’s 10 activities or tools that you can use with your child to help them with their scissor skills and their pincher motion.
This set comes with lots of colourful paper, a pair of safety scissors and a glue stick. It also comes with instructions on how to cut the paper and fold or curl it to make 11 different characters. This kit is recommended for children aged 3-6 years.
This kit comes with 4 blank templates of a rabbit, cat, bear and mouse and lots of pre-cut shapes to decorate the animals and give them clothes, faces and much more. It also comes with a glue stick.
This is a set of 3 pairs of safety scissors for preschool aged children. These scissors will cut paper and card (but not clothes or hair lol). One set cuts straight lines, one does zigzag lines and the third cuts in wavy lines.
Inside this box you will get 4 boards with a different animal to complete (a parrot, a flamingo, a lama and a lion), 82 strips of paper in different colours and a glue stick. The paper is already cut for your child but it gives them ideas on how to fold and roll the paper to make 3D pictures.
Puffy Stickers are great for pre-school aged children as they should be able to peel them off and move them onto other surfaces with much help. I love these reusable puffy sticker activities from Melissa and Doug as they come with a background, can be used over and over and can be easily brought places with your young child to keep them busy while you spend time with friends and family. I stock the Princess, Pirate and Farm sets.
I love this craft activity that’s suitable for children as young as 1, although slightly older children will get more from it and be able to do it better. It comes with five background boards with blank shape spaces, pre-cut shapes that fit the blank spaces in the boards and one pot of finger glue.
This activity is slightly more difficult for young children as the stickers aren’t raised so they are harder to pick up. The stickers are reusable and the book is full of blank faces. This activity book is great for teaching children how to express emotions as well as it just being fun making some funny faces.
If buying 3 pairs of safety scissors is too much for you and you just want to start with one pair that cut straight lines, then these safety scissors are what you are looking for. They are brilliant for crafts for this age group and will keep your little one busy cutting random pieces of paper or card.
Not only will this book encourage your child to use their pincher grip to move the stickers into the correct places, there’s opportunities for them to practice their pencil skills too and it teaches them about different colours, shapes and sizes. It’s win/win all around.
Mosaic activities are brilliant for this age group of children and if you are looking around, make sure you choose a set with raised foam stickers and not flat ones (otherwise, you’ll end up completing the activities yourself!) This set contains 5 vehicle themed mosaic boards and 430 mosaic stickers.
I hope these activities and tools have given you some inspiration on how to develop your child’s scissor and pincher skills. If you’d also like to help them learn their alphabet and basic phonics, check out this blog here.