As we progress from cutting straight lines to simple shapes, curves and angles, the key is using the assistive hand to turn the paper. I always tell children that their dominant hand is the motor and their non-dominant hand is the steering wheel.
First, try to cut out a square, as it's similar to cutting a straight line. Once they get to the corner, tell them to stop and turn the paper with their assistive hands.
A zigzag line is somewhat similar to a square as they will cut a short distance, stop and turn the paper to continue along the line.
Next, introduce a curved line, which will require slight adjustments as they move along the curved line.
After they feel comfortable with that, have them cut out a circle. Circles are quite challenging as they require constant turning and adjustments of the paper with the assistive, non-dominant hand.
The most difficult challenge will be cutting out a picture with curves and angles. Again, cue them to keep a thumb's up approach with the scissors, their dominant elbow at their sides and really work to let their non-dominant hands do all of the turning!
|Simple animal shapes often provide nice curves and angles for cutting.|
|She is demonstrating nice turning of the paper with her assistive hand as evidenced by her upside down bunny.|