Cutting with scissors is hard!

During a cutting activity, Gio struggles to find an effective hand position for holding his scissors. Cutting with scissors is actually quite a complex skill, involving fine-motor control, spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination. As a result, toddlers usually find cutting too challenging, and will often resort to tearing the paper instead. The good news is that tearing paper is excellent preparation for learning to cut!

Bruno (3 years, 2 months)
Gio (1 year, 9 months)
Maro (2 years, 9 months)

Child-care centre: Estrellita's Home Daycare

Date and Time: June 10, 2010, morning

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