“This wavy line is the hardest one yet.  My heart was moving so fast.  And then I focused a lot.  And then I did it!”

Over the past couple of weeks, friends have been practicing with scissors and different types of materials to build the muscles in their hands.  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.

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Mina: You can cut flowers in the garden if you want to have flowers in your home!

Jax: I think you can cut playdough.  And kinetic sand.

Frances: You could cut cobwebs to make Halloween decorations.

Theo: Cut tape… and string!

Kennedy: Scissors might get stuck if you cut tape.

Sallie Chappell: Things that are fuzzy we can cut.

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Jair: You can cut chicken with scissors in the kitchen.

Kyrie: Hold the bottom of the scissors when you pass them to teachers or friends.

Bella: Don’t cut toys.  They would break.

Anival: Don’t cut flowers.  They are beautiful and then they wont grow!

Farah: We shouldn’t cut hair.

Anival: Do not cut credit cards or else they don’t see what card it is.

Uhura: Don’t cut your hair.  It’s not a hair salon!

Noah: Don’t cut toys or they get braked.

Tahj: I just got my hair cut at the barber shop… not here!

Nanahi: Don’t cut clothes or they be broke and mom has to fix it.

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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.

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Kyrie: I’m cutting a shape that looks like a cowboys lasso.  An oval.

Africa Grace: You can cut pictures out of picture frames.  Like art!

Betsegaw: I’m so strong.  I can even cut paper!

Isaiah: The circle might be tricky for me.  Hey… I’m doing it!

Aria: I’m focusing.  I’m cutting the paper into an oval.

Connor: It takes forever to cut out these shapes.

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Jameson: I’m getting sooooooo tired.

Dayana: This kind of line looks like grass!

Kaitlyn: Open, close, turn.  Open, close, turn.

King: I did it.  I feel so good!  I’m doing it.  I’m really doing it!

Jahir: I’m almost there.  I’m doing it!

Hope: I told you I could do it.  I did the wavy line!

Soleil: It’s so hard for me.

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Ava: Yeah… I cut out a rectangle.  This is for my mom.

Ethan: I’m so tired.  Scissors are exhausted.

Katherine: This wavy line is the hardest one yet.  My heart was moving so fast.  And then I focused a lot.  And then I did it!

Eva: That line looks like the top of a castle.

Asa: It’s hard to cut out the bumpy line.

Crystal: Open, close.  I made it!

Savannah: Yay! I did it! I did the square.

Sebastian: Open, shut them.  Open, shut them.  Like the song!

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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!

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Jax: I can cut playdough.  Even a big piece!

Jayden: I try my best.  And I’m doing it!  I’m feeling so the best.

Amie: I’m already focused.

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