Being told you can’t go with Daddy is tough at 9am on a Friday morning.
It’s tough on the three year old who cries and cries, and tough on the Mum who is left to try and make things better.
Making it better was going to require some really awesome distraction on my part and I had to do it fast! Thankfully my brain was switched on this morning and I remembered my boy’s current interest in scissors… BINGO!
I gathered the things I would need…
- A tray to contain the mess
- Some strips of paper left over from our strip collage activity
- Some small squares of paper with very simple lines drawn on them
- Some junk mail cut into smaller bits
- A basket to put the pieces in
- Some scissors
When I was about half way through getting everything I needed he stopped crying and was watching me. By the time I put the scissors on the tray and took a quick photo he was climbing onto the chair saying “Can I cut all of this???”
The tears were gone, distraction complete!
Noah is just beginning to get a handle on cutting. He’s been keen to use scissors for a long time, and has been slowly learning to cut, but only recently has he become more successful and less frustrated. His technique is still a little wild, and every now and then I remind him to keep his ‘thumb on the top’, but he has mastered holding the paper while he cuts and has some control over his snips so all that is left now is to practice, practice, practice!
Giving him smallish pieces of paper make it easier for him to co-ordinate the paper and the scissors.
- Thin strips are easy for small, fast snips, without any frustration.
- Small squares with very basic lines drawn on them give him a challenge to cut following the line if he would like to, but are still small enough to be easily manipulated while he cuts.
- Junk mail or magazine pages give him some fun images to cut out if he chooses, and cutting them into small pieces to begin with helps him to manipulate what is often more flimsy paper.
Giving him opportunities like this where he can just cut whatever he likes in whatever way he likes without any other agenda will help him refine his skills and increase his confidence, and it was the perfect distraction activity!