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Making and creating, cutting and gluing are all great fun and part of every child's creative journey - it is important to encourage them to have the confident to use the tools we have available rather than teaching them to be afraid of the tools. Scissors are an important tool to master, but should be used with caution. So, by teaching them how to use the scissors from early on, they will be able to cut and create safely without being fearful of accidents due to misuse.
Here are a few tips!
- Explain that scissors are useful but need to be used carefully. If not, they will be taken away.
- Scissors are sharp and are used for paper only (and not their hair or skirts or reading books!)
- No one must ever run with scissors or even walk about when using them. Cut when sitting at a table.
- Always use children's scissors with them.
- Store scissors downwards in a safe place out of reach.
- Remind children of the rules each time you get the scissors out. See if they can prompt you!
- Don't ever play with scissors - they are a craft tool and not for playing.
- Discourage children from walking with scissors in their hands, but when they must, make sure they hold them correctly: grasp them by the closed blades with the blades towards the floor.
- Always supervise.
- Always cut at a table so you can see that they are doing and they are encouraged to sit down.
Have fun - and be safe!