Use Fall Leaves to Practice Scissor Skills and Line AwarenessI have a small obsession with helping kids learn how to use scissors. It was one of my favorite areas to work on in the school-based Occupational Therapy setting. (And I've got a few scissor skills activities to show for it!)
Today's activity is all about scissors, cutting on lines, and leaves. This Fall, use those pretty leaves before they are covered with snow and practice cutting on lines.
Cutting the leaves gets you whiffs of the leaves, too. What a great way to incorporate the sense of smell into a scissor activity.
Practice line awareness with scissors using Fall leaves
Use the leaf veins to practice line awareness. I drew lines on the leaves for the kids to practice cutting along, but you can use just the lines of the leaves for older kids. Holding the small leaf and snipping along the veins is a fantastic bilateral hand coordination activity for kids. When cutting with scissors, bilateral hand coordination is essential for the assisting hand to move the paper accordingly as the dominant hand snips with scissors.
Cutting along lines in simple and complex shapes is an issue when visual perceptual skills are difficult for a child. They might demonstrate difficulties with cutting within a line. Cutting choppy lines is apparent when a child has poor scissor control or visual motor skills with tools like scissors.
Cutting leaves is a creative scissor activity (Find a ton more creative scissor activities here!) and will be a hit with your kids this Fall. Save it for spring and cut those green leaves, too!
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