Children often have very little experience with scissors and how to cut paper properly. I have taught art for many years and have found that just a few simple tips taught to the students will improve their cutting experience greatly! My YouTube video shows the full lesson but if you are in a hurry, here are the main points:
- The hand that is holding the scissors remains pretty much stationary, just opening and closing the scissors. The elbow stays close to one’s side.
- The hand holding the paper does ALL the twisting of the paper.
- The center areas of the scissor blades are the main cutting edges… NOT the tip and NOT the part near the “hinge/screw”.
- NIBBLE cut! Think of the scissors as a little fish and it is nibbling at the paper, NOT a large shark going chomp, chomp, chomp. By using the center section and opening and closing the blades just a little bit while using the hand that holds the paper to slowly twist the paper to keep the cutting section moving along the cut-out comes out smooth and without ragged edges. The video shows how this works.