Sweet Pea is 29 months old.
From: This activity was from the book First Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl.
- Plastic safety scissors or training scissors. (I found our training scissors in the “Back-to-School” section at Target, but I don’t think they carry them during the rest of the year.)
- Play-doh (or make your own).
The instructions in the book for this activity were surprisingly relaxed. Ms. Kohl suggested that I let Sweet Pea “explore” the scissors by holding them anyway she wanted, and that I allow her to poke, prod, cut and stab the Play-doh. I am a bit too high-strung to follow such a lackadaisical approach when it involves my darling baby and objects containing blades, so my procedure is a little more structured than hers.
- Roll out several Play-doh snakes about 1/4 inch in diameter.
- Instruct your tot on the scissor safety rules for your house. (i.e. Scissors aren’t toys, are only to be used with your supervision, while seated, etc.)
- Demonstrate how to hold the scissors with your thumb in the top loop and your pointer and other fingers in the bottom loop.
- With your other hand, hold the Play-doh snake steady.
- Use the scissors to cut the Play-doh snake into many pieces.
- Help your tot hold the scissors and cut a snake into pieces.
Using the scissors was a challenge for Sweet Pea. She kept turning her hand over and she had a really hard time keeping her thumb on top while cutting, but got better the more we practiced.
I don’t know if I have ever seen Sweet Pea so occupied by any other activity. She was amazed by her ability to cut the Play-doh “worms” into multiple pieces. I would highly recommend this activity for other tots.
Sweet Pea was truly enthralled, but alas all good things must end. Eventually, I had to force her to stop. I am fairly sure there were some tears when I took the scissors away. We will definitely be doing this again soon though.
Notes from the Trenches: I really hope it isn’t necessary to remind you keep both of your eyes on your 2-year-old as they play with scissors.
Rating: 2 Stars * (Fun, Easy)