Cutting is a complex task that requires a lot of eye hand coordination and motor planning. Children develop cutting skills in the following sequence:
2 1/2 year olds can open and close the scissors to snip
3 1/2 year olds can make consecutive cuts across small stiff paper like an index card
4 1/2 year olds can turn the paper and cut our simple shapes with thick lines on small stiff paper
Watch this video for a quick tip to adapt cutting activities for children who are still at the snipping level.
Mary Kostka is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder at her private practice, ‘Ohana Occupational Therapy, LLC, in Wenatchee and Leavenworth Washington.