Yes. Yes, indeed.
It’s not scary, you just have to get the right pair for them. Letting them use scissors is great for fine motor skills development, which in turn would help them in learning how to use pens and write better. Think about pencil grip — if they have strong fine motor skills, holding pencils would be easy and natural.
Mateo was always seeing me cut papers, and as a curious little toddler wanted to cut as well. Not wanting to stifle his learning, we went out to look get him his own pair. I was thinking about the plastic scissors with blades attached to the plastic sides. Then I was surprised to see that there is indeed a pair designed for toddlers as young as two. All made with plastic, no stainless steel blades, they’re actually good.
Here are the initial list of materials that we cut using those new fancy toddler scissors.
Play dough is the easiest material to cut for a toddler. In this photo, we made homemade play dough just for this because we did not have store bought ones and we were excited to explore what he could and wanted to cut. Now that Mateo is using regular scissors, the plastic ones are stored together with his play dough set.
We had whole wheat pasta (the brown ones) that I could not make myself eat, so I made them into a craft material for the two-year old to cut. Well, it is food so he probably found it weird that I’m making him cut them. We ended up with a cup of cooked pasta that was left untouched.
Strips of paper
I have prepared strips of papers for Mateo so he would find it easier to cut them into pieces. But no, he did not like those. They were again mostly untouched. He preferred to turn those big sheets of paper into smaller pieces by himself.
Just almost any sheet of paper
Scissors are for cutting papers (mostly) so it was papers that he loved cutting the most. Any paper that he sees lying around. For this pair of plastic scissors, thicker paper works best. Those tiny hands will have difficulty with thin (flimsy) papers, though.
A word of caution: Safety first
While they would use plastic scissors that really look cute, they should be taught safety right from the start.
- Always keep them closed when not in use.
- Put them on the table or their container, NOT on the floor.
- Walk only, not run, when moving around.
- Keep the pointy end away from other people.
Have fun, but stay safe!