Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle

Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
Preschool Scissors Skills and Science - Growing Year-Long Bundle
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Preschool science and beginning cutting and scissors skills are addressed in this developmental program, created by an occupational therapist.

This growing bundle includes 80 developmentally graded preschool cutting activities, all 10 books in the PRESCHOOL LEVEL Scissor Skills and SCIENCE Series (designed for 3 to 4 year-old children or for kids with special needs). Resources in this bundle teach beginning scissors skills. The theme in this series is "ALL ABOUT PLANTS". Cutting activities are paired with science which includes fun stories that teach children all about plants.

Please note that a "Growing Bundle" means not all of the books are available yet. The books will be posted according to the following schedule:

Book 1: July 30
Book 2: August 13
Book 3: September 17
Book 4: October 15
Book 5: November 19
Book 6: December 17
Book 7: January 14
Book 8: February 18
Book 9: March 18
Book 10: April 15

Books in the "Preschool Scissors Skills and Science" series address the following scientific topics:

Book 1: ALL ABOUT SEEDS
Book 2: ALL ABOUT LEAVES
Book 3: ALL ABOUT FRUIT
Book 4: ALL ABOUT VEGETABLES
Book 5: ALL ABOUT TREES
Book 6: PLANTS IN THE ARCTIC
Book 7: PLANTS IN THE FOREST
Book 8: PLANTS IN THE JUNGLE
Book 9: PLANTS IN THE OCEAN
Book 10: PLANTS IN THE DESERT

Take a look at Book 1 of this series ALL ABOUT SEEDS! to get a feel for this resource!

Take a look at Book 2 of this series ALL ABOUT LEAVES! for a look at this resource!

Each of the 10 books contains eight cutting activities and are suitable for preschool or special needs students.

The Preschool Scissors Skills and SCIENCE series helps kids master these 8 skills:

1- Cutting Playdoh:
Cutting Playdoh has a child use simple snipping motions, opening and closing their hands. This works on the movement used for cutting and improves hand strength.

2- Snipping:
Snipping is the next step in this program. Children snip strips of construction paper. Again, this addresses the movement a child uses to cut as well as hand strength.

3- Making Fringe:
Making fringe is the next developmental step presented in beginning scissors skills. This is a simple task for children inexperienced with using scissors.

4- Straight Lines:
Cutting straight lines requires continuous opening and closing of scissors in a rhythm, with one hand cutting and the other hand holding and moving the paper. A child must coordinate moving the paper while cutting.

5- Zig Zags:
This is the first step in which a child changes direction while cutting. This builds more advanced scissors control and precision. This calls for good visual monitoring as well.

6- Curves:
Learning to turn the page while cutting shows improved scissors skills. This step continues to work on a child’s bilateral (two-handed) skills, with one hand cutting and the other hand holding and turning the paper.

7- Spirals:
This step allows for more practice with turning a page while cutting. Making spirals requires almost constant planning, sequencing, and movement of the hands.

8- Circles:
This is the final step in the preschool scissors skills book. A child is not expected to cut exactly on the lines or a circle, but within a ½ inch or so of the line.


What scissors skills are addressed in each of the 10 books?

Book 1- ALL ABOUT SEEDS:
Scissors Skills: Cutting with Playdoh

Book 2- ALL ABOUT LEAVES
Scissors Skills: Snipping, Making Fringe

Book 3- ALL ABOUT FRUIT
Scissors Skills: Snipping, Straight Lines

Book 4- ALL ABOUT VEGETABLES
Scissors Skills: Straight Lines, Zig Zags

Book 5- ALL ABOUT TREES
Scissors Skills: Straight Lines, Zig Zags

Book 6- PLANTS IN THE JUNGLE
Scissors Skills: Straight Lines, Zig Zags, Curves

Book 7- PLANTS IN THE OCEAN
Scissors Skills: Straight Lines, Zig Zags, Curves

Book 8- PLANTS IN THE DESERT
Scissors Skills: Straight Lines, Zig Zags, Spirals

Book 9- PLANTS IN THE FOREST
Scissors Skills: Straight Lines, Circles

Book 10- PLANTS IN THE ARCTIC
Scissors Skills: Straight Lines, Spirals, Circles


Why pair scissors skills and cutting practice with Science?

1- MOTIVATION: Many young children are eager to learn about science. Including science concepts in this resource raises a child’s motivation for cutting activities.

2- COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT: Science topics stimulate a child’s looking, listening, thinking, and reasoning skills. Teachers and parents can incorporate these science lessons into everyday life.

3- REINFORCE ACADEMICS: Incorporating an appropriate science curriculum introduces science into childrens’ worlds, as well as language and math concepts.

Also included in this resource is a poster called The 3 T's: Rules for Using Scissors:
Using pictures, this poster reminds a child to tuck his elbow to his side, keep his thumb up, and cut toward the table.

* TUCK! . . . TUCK your elbow by your side

* TOP! . . . Keep your thumb on TOP

* TABLE! . . . Cut TOWARD the table and away from you

Explore our entire Scissors Skills and SCIENCE series (coming soon). There will be three levels in total, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced scissors skills. Each set of five books introduces scissors skills in a developmental sequence. Science concepts are nature-themed and age appropriate. The series includes:

Preschool Level (3 to 4 year-olds) – ALL ABOUT PLANTS (10 Books)
Pre-K Level (4 to 5 year-olds) – ALL ABOUT ANIMALS (10 Books)
Kindergarten Level (5 to 6 year-olds) – ALL ABOUT THE WORLD (10 Books)

Also consider the upcoming Kids Master Skills’ Guide to Scissors Skills, which covers the many skills required for scissors use, the complete sequence of teaching scissors skills, the benefits of different types of scissors, and OT tips and tricks to help kids master scissors skills.

Follow Lisa Marnell, occupational therapist, on FACEBOOK for the latest in learning and skill development!

Visit my website at KIDS MASTER SKILLS for skill-building activities and information on the latest research on child development and learning!

Also, check out HANDWRITING HELP FOR KIDS to learn more about the skills children need to succeed with handwriting!

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