Hold on- When should even I introduce my child to scissors?
Make sure to read our Tips for Teaching scissor skills post!
The Contenders (from left to right and color coded)
- Up & Up (Target brand) 5 inch blunt tip scissors
- Fiskars 5 inch blunt tip scissors
- Fiskars Pre-School Spring Action Scissors
- Up & Up Pre-School Training Scissors
- Faber-Castell My First Scissors
The Kid Test
I set all of the scissors in a tray and invited my boys to test them out. I offered several materials to test the scissors with, including regular paper, craft foam, card stock, and tissue paper.
Both boys had a clear preference for the blunt tip scissors (they didn’t show preference between the Target or Fiskars Brand). Their least favorite were the Faber-Castell First Scissors. They really struggled trying to hold them since their grips are so small and those scissors require the entire hand to be wrapped around the shears to cut with them.
The Mom Test
Going from the scissors from left to right in the picture, here are my results:
Up & Up Pre-School Training Scissors
Pros: These scissors have very little limitations. They easily cut through each material and provide little to no frustration in learning to open and close the blade.
Cons: These are not safety scissors. While they are not super-sharp like fabric scissors, they do present a possibility of cutting skin. It has never happened with my boys, but it is possible. New cutters may find it frustrating to learn how to reopen and close the blade since there is no spring action.
Conclusion: These are the scissors my boys learned to cut with. While they may be frustrating for a bit, they are not difficult to use with practice. These may not be the right choice if you are in a daycare or preschool setting where you are not able to be seated one-on-one with each child (early frustration without constant support may put students off from using them).
Pros: These looked really cool. They definitely had the “wow” factor with the kids and they cut through paper easily. Works for students who have not shown hand dominance yet.
Cons: My boys had a tough time trying to actually use these scissors. Their hands were not big enough to grasp around the blades. When I used them, they did not cut through craft foam or tissue paper very well.
Conclusion: These aren’t the best choice for preschoolers. However, my 10 year old niece loved them and she’s taking them home to use now 🙂
Final Thoughts on the Best Preschool Scissors
We’ll continue using the blunt tip scissors for my boys. While they were slightly frustrating at first, they prefer them over the others and they cut very well (perfect for all the different materials in our cutting trays!) Which scissors will you be choosing for your kids? Do you have a favorite type of scissor that I missed? Let me know in the comments below so I can test them out!
Note for left-handers: Neither myself nor my kids are lefties, so I can’t give an accurate review of how these scissors work for lefties. Here are some posts from moms of left-handed kids. I hope they will help you in finding the right scissors for your kids!
Also, you might want to read these Six Examples of How Your Preschooler Might be Using Scissors the WRONG WAY
and check out this Cutting Busy Box to get your preschooler started cutting!
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