“I went to a special place to cut my hair and it wasn’t at school!”

This week, children were introduced to scissors in the Studio!   We began by talking about materials that were appropriate to cut with scissors, as well as materials that aren’t ok to cut with scissors.  We also practiced how to use them correctly and safely.



Materials that are safe to cut:

Frances: You can use scissors to open fruit snacks if you need help.

Kate: We can cut paper, yes!

Irvina: Like, you cut paper and tape.  And how about you could use it to cut meat?

Elijah: The scissors told me that we can cut tape, but they said don’t cut friends with scissors.

Santi: We can cut rainbow paper and brown paper.

Theo: You can cut your nails with special nail scissors.

Sammy: You can cut chicken with scissors.  My mom uses special types of scissors to cut meat.



Materials that aren’t safe to cut:

Abbie: Don’t cut butterflies… just don’t!

Irvina: You can’t cut your hands because the blood will come out.

Ahmari: Not our hands… no!

Marcus: Moms can cut hair, like Leba’s mom can cut her hair, but we don’t cut our hair here.

Julian: My dad take me to get a haircut, but it’s not here.  Don’t cut your hair here.

Avery: We cut our hair at the barbershop!

Alden: You use fingernail clippers, not scissors, to cut nails.

Adele: I went to a special place to cut my hair and it wasn’t at school.



Next, friends practiced cutting paper with assorted shapes and lines provided.  Depending on their age and experience, children snipped around the outside of paper, were able to cut through the paper, or successfully cut out shapes.


Adrian: Papi have scissors at home to cut the paper.

Betsegaw: I did open, close, open, close with the scissors.  I’m practicing!  I tried!  I have muscles!

Kaitlyn: I have cut at my home!

Kaylee: Open, shut them, open, shut them.  I did it!

Bella: My mom is going to be so proud.  I tried so hard.

Elizabeth: I cut out an “E” like for Elizabeth.



Naila: I feel a little proud of myself because I cut with scissors, but my mom and dad will be really proud of me.

Connor: If I can cut out the circle I’ll be so happy!

Sammy: You just got to keep trying like… perseverance!

Cesar: I did the zigzag line.  It looks like a crown for a boy, or the top of a castle, or shark teeth.

Mateo: My mom and dad will be so proud that I can cut a heart for love.


Julian: The heart was hardest to cut because the lines aren’t just straight like a square.

Christian: I did! I cut the circle, I did!

Nazeer: I’m focusing hard, that’s why I could cut the shapes.  Even the hard shape like the heart.

Jax: I’m doing my best.  I’m doing it!  I did it!  I made a cut through the line!

Joelle: I’m focusing on it so I don’t hurt myself.  My arms are starting to hurt.


After friends practiced with paper, they were invited to cut playdough.  Friends practiced rolling playdough “snakes” and then using dough scissors to cut them.  Friends noticed a difference between cutting paper and cutting playdough right away, as both feel different in your hands.  Children are very excited to finally have scissors available in the Studio and in their classrooms!



Katherine: Cutting playdough feels different than paper.  It’s harder.


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