| ||Using scissors correctly helps develop hand muscles for other fine motor skills. Four years of age is the appropriate time for the majority of children to begin learning scissor skills, as their hands have grown large enough for small scissors (Myers, 1992). The tips of the thumb and middle finger are in the holes of the handles of the scissors. The index finger is on the outside of the handle to stabilize the scissors, and the ring and little finger are curled into the palm. The wrist of the cutting hand should be bent up (Benbow, 1991). Cutting activities should use the muscles in the fingers, and require separation of the two sides of the hand. If the scissors are held incorrectly, or are the incorrect size, the student will use the large muscles of the hand which begin in the arm, decreasing precision (Benbow, 1991). Therefore, scissors should have small handles to match the student's finger size.|
Using scissors correctly helps develop hand muscles for other fine motor skills.