How to Teach Your Toddler to Use Scissors

Toddlers using scissors can be a little tricky to teach. If you’re like me, you may just want to avoid from them altogether because it seems like it’s more risk than reward. AKA toddlers with scissors = can be scary. Butttt it certainly is a great skill to teach, it can really help develop their fine motor skills (bonus if starting early) and think of all the super fun projects you can begin to do together using scissors! Once I taught my toddler how to safely and correctly use scissors- game on! So much fun!

(note: follow the steps below to do it the safest and funniest way possible)

FIRST STEP: Practice Cutting with PLAYDOH

Playdoh is a great place to start because these scissors are not sharp, playdoh isn’t super tricky to cut, and it’s, of course, FUN. Spend a little time just letting your toddler experiment with playdoh using these scissors: days, weeks, whatever you are comfortable with. But the key is to let your child explore. Try not to tell them how to use the scissors, unless they aren’t being safe. Allow them to really explore.



Now is the time we’ll use these toddler scissors to cut paper. I would personally start with construction paper or, honestly, whatever you have laying around. Allow your child to try to cut the paper; try to give them some free range. But be sure to not let them get too comfortable cutting the incorrect way.- just long enough for them to know they may need some assistance. This step should be fun, but keep an eye on them.


THIRD STEP: Introduce the Scissors Song

This is a super fun and catchy song to sing while cutting paper. Come on over to my Instagram page to hear me singing it (definitely not the best voice, fair warning…). I’ve sung this song for the past 7 August and Septembers while teaching kindergarten. It’s one of my secret tools when teaching kids how to cut. Download Song Here


FINAL STEP: Practice Cutting using the Scissor Song

Included are 3 cutting pages to practice cutting (but print as many times as you’d like to get lots of cutting practice). This is a fun activity to keep in your morning basket or practice during the day. Your child will really enjoy cutting and eventually making projects very soon with you!

Tag me on Instagram singing the scissors song or cutting to be featured!

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