Welcome back to the Kinder Club blog! Each week we will focus on an early literacy concept and share fun stories, activities and tips to help reinforce a variety of kindergarten readiness skills.

This week’s concept is scissor skills!

Last week’s blog featured lots of ideas to strengthen your fine motor muscles. Remember fine motor muscles are those little muscles in your wrist, hands and fingers that help you hold your pencil, tie your shoes and cut with scissors! Are your fingers tired from doing all the fine motor activities Mrs. K and Ms. Jamie sent home in your Kinder Club packet? We sure hope not because it’s time to use those scissors we gave you!

Before using your scissors, it is VERY important to know the scissor rules! Look at the image below listing the scissor rules. If you have any questions, make sure to ask your grown-up before you start cutting with your scissors. And remember we only use scissors with a grown-up’s permission and supervision.

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Click on the video below to listen to Mrs. K. share a story about a child watching her parents create different projects using their hands. Mrs. K. also has some fun cutting activities for you to do at home to practice your cutting skills.

Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing us to share this story with you.

Mrs. K. shared some fun cutting activities to do at home. What else could you do? How about planting grass in a flowerpot and snipping the grass as it grows (see picture below), clipping coupons or cutting out groceries from a supermarket ad. For even more ideas, visit our Free Play blog.

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If you picked up a Kinder Club practice packet from the library, have fun completing this week’s activities and stay tuned for our April activity posts.

  • Kindergarten Readiness Tip: Learning to use scissors can be frustrating. It’s okay to take a break when you feel frustrated or ask for help if you are having trouble cutting something. This week’s Kinder Club practice is simple – just cut! Try cutting a variety of materials to improve your scissor skills. Listed below are some materials that you might already have around the house to use.
    • Straws
    • Paper towel rolls
    • Yarn
    • Wrapping, construction or scrap paper
    • Ribbon
    • Packing peanuts