As a former first grade teacher, I can tell you that generally boys struggle much more with fine motor skills than girls. Holding a pencil correctly, cutting with scissors, and legible handwriting are all skills that prove more difficult for the male gender. That’s why I wanted to make a concerted effort on providing my guys with fine motor practice early on to make these important skills easier down the road.
The only problem is, I’ve fallen down on the job. We haven’t busted out the scissors (for Big Brother) in quite some time and life has been so crazy lately, I haven’t spent much time creating fine motor activities for either of the boys. Big Brother is working on cutting with scissors in preschool this week, so I figured this was a great time to get some at-home practice as well!
I always sorta giggle to myself when I see “cutting skills printables”…unless you are teaching a class full of children (and need to make copies). If you are working with your child(ren) at home, it is so much easier (and less wasteful of ink) to simply draw a variety of lines on a piece of construction paper!
I then asked Big Brother to copy the lines I drew directly underneath. I just drew a small dot with a different colored marker as the starting point for each line.
Next, it’s time for the scissors. We attempted to use our first “big kid” scissors, but eventually resorted back to the Melissa & Doug scissors since Big Brother is more comfortable with them (and so am I…they don’t cut anything but paper).
This was a bit of an exercise in patience for both of us. And the term “I can’t do it” has now officially been banned from our home!!
We finally finished (although Big Brother didn’t really cut on all the lines). It certainly was a good reminder of how I need to be focusing a little more on providing fine motor practice for the boys.