Practice makes perfect
This morning we practiced cutting. Lucy has two pairs of scissors. One is a traditional child-sized pair. The second pair is called My First Scissors. Lucy didn’t pick this pair up first, because it doesn’t really look like scissors. It works more like a claw, because it doesn’t have any finger holes. Instead you almost pinch with it. Lucy hasn’t mastered either, but we are getting there. We started with some strips of paper I planned to recycle.
When I worked for the Scrap Exchange, anyone could make things with our materials for free. Each table was loaded with scissors, staplers and tape. You could pick countless materials from the blue barrels.
It never failed. The parents were so absorbed with making art that they totally missed their young children trying to figure out how to use scissors. I would often stop and help them cut. Forget making something. Sometimes the activity can just be learning how to use a new tool.