Scissor Skills with Tongs
I set up this sorting activity for the kids one day using our bunny tongs. Scissor skills were really worked on with the repetition of picking up lots of assorted pom poms and sorting them into crates.
Tips for Cutting with Scissors
Not a great picture, but popping a crafting pom pom into the palm of her little hand is a great way to correct that grasp on the tongs (or scissors). This way, the child opens and closes the tongs/scissors with the thumb and pointer/middle fingers in an effective and more controlled manner. This will help with scissor control and line awareness.
If you’ve got a little one who cuts with scissors and snips all over the place, with their pinkie finger and ring finger extended out as they open the scissors, try this trick. You can use any small item like a little eraser or pebble in the palm of their hand. It’s a good physical prompt to remind them to keep their hand closed as they cut with scissors.
Little Guy wanted in on this action too, and once Big Sister came home from school, she sorted the pom poms too. This was just fun!
Baby Girl resorted to just using her hands to sort later in the day. Still great for color matching and identification. we’ll definitely be doing this activity again. It was a huge hit for my kids as much as it was a hit for all of the school-based clients I’ve worked with over the years. It’s the cuteness of that bunny!
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Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.