I did want to share a quick tidbit about getting kiddos to improve cutting skills without having to keep those darn scissors on the line. Try playdoh! Playdoh is awesome for a whole bunch of reasons but you'll see your "non-cutters" getting excited about using scissors when they have an opportunity to cut something other than paper. Here you'll see one of my preschool friends who needs hand over hand assistance with cutting on a line having a grand ol' time cutting her playdoh into a bunch of pieces all by herself!
Without any reminders she is using her left "helper hand" to hold the playdoh and snipping with her right hand. Cutting paper is difficult for this sweet little girl who is often "FINISHED!" before we can really get practicing. HOWEVER, she stuck with this activity for a much longer span and had lots of practice with the motor skills required to "open/close" the scissors. Along with the cutting, kiddos can roll the playdoh into balls or snakes and use lots of fun tools to dig into the fun.
I promise to get a playdoh "recipe" on here soon so that you can make your own! It makes a ton very inexpensively and is even better than what you buy at the store. Kids LOVE to help make their own playdoh, plus you can pick and choose the colors and even the scents you want to use. So much FUN!
Jen Dermody, OTR/L