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Ok so I took one of those stupid quizzes that I am a sucker for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: This one was on the BostonParentsPaper.com entitled "is your child ready for pre-school". One question was about drawing and using scissors. My son, who will be 3 in August, loves to color, uses crayons with ease, can draw circles, smiley faces and squares and can occasionally not color outside the lines however I have never even entertained the idea of giving him kiddies scissors. Maybe it’s my own upbringing but I don't remember using scissors until at least kindergarten. We do let him use a knife (small butter one) at dinnertime and he's basically pretty careful.<br><br>
So what about you? Does your toddler use scissors and if so at what age do you introduce them??
 

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I just introduced scissors to ds, who is 2 1/2 today (!). They are called my first scissors or something like that and you just squeeze them to cut. I got them at a teaching supplies store. ( they aren't the safety scissors, imo those don't cut anything!) He really likes cutting, though I have to hold the paper for him. I would say your son is probably more than ready for scissors if you want to introduce them. I don't think its a big deal though if not!
 

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so funny, I was just asking dh last night if he thought Alec was too young for scissors! He seemed to think so, but whenever Alec sees pliers or anything that remotely looks like scissors he keeps asking to cut. I think maybe I'll try to find some safe toddler scissors for him to use now that I know other toddlers are doing it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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And if those toddlers jumped off a bridge??<br><br><br><br>
heehee! I couldn't resist. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> When I read this I kept hearing my mom responding when I would whine that <i>EVERYONE</i> was doing xyz so why couldn't <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>I</b></span>????<br><br>
I think I might pick up pair for my son too. The ones that jillybean mentioned sound perfect!
 

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2.5 yo DD has been using scissors for a few months. They're "My First Fiskars." They're super cheap, super safe and they actually work (on a single sheet of paper). It's practically impossible to even pinch your fingers, much less cut them. We also have the next pair up, but won't introduce them for awhile. DD has a box with scrap paper and the scissors in and she can use them any time she wishes.
 

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We got Maggie (turned 2 in April) some scissors after she showed great interest when a friend of hers was using them to "cut, cut, cut" She <b>loves</b> using her scissors!!! The main thing that she does with them right now is open things like her oatmeal packets or other snacks and packets of stuff that I need opened in the kitchen. She also uses them to help prune plants. And when we sit down for art time she'll cut some scap paper too. When I'm doing my scrapbooking I'll give her some picture scraps and she'll cut those too. I have to watch her very carefully though because even though these are safety scissors they are a bit sharp. She used them to cut the dogs hair the other day when I wasn't looking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> We have talked to her lots and lots about not cutting her own hair and so far that hasn't happened.
 

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Around 2yo I got ds some of the little safety scissors (with the rounded tips). He LOVES them. One of his favorite activities is to cut paper into a million little pieces.<br><br>
OT: "Is your child ready for preschool?" Are you kidding me?!?!?!? What the hell are you supposed to do if they 'fail' the preschool test? Put them in daycare? Jeez, how about just a little more pressure on a 3yo!! (I'm not directing this at the OP, just at the idea in general.)
 

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OT: "Is your child ready for preschool?" Are you kidding me?!?!?!? What the hell are you supposed to do if they 'fail' the preschool test? Put them in daycare? Jeez, how about just a little more pressure on a 3yo!! (I'm not directing this at the OP, just at the idea in general.)<br><br>
I know, I know!! I don't know what compels me to take these kind of quizzes! They are just designed to either make you feel real good "my son's a a wonderchild" or feel bad "why is he so behind?" I picked up this parenting mag free at the drycleaners and then went to check out the website. One thing led to another... I think I'm a quiz addict <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I love taking those horrible Cosmo quizzes too. Like "is he the one" and I've been married over 13 years!! Can you imagine the judge. "so why do you want this divorce?" "well Judge Cosmo says he's not right for me" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Oh I know, I always read those stupid articles if I'm in a waiting room too. Can I tell you how many "guess the baby's gender" quizzes I've taken. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I have three children and I don't I gave her scissors until she was about 4 years old but then number two dd came along and there she was cutting paper at 2 years old, just because the opportunity was there, you know? My 20 month old now tries to get ahold of his sister's scissors but I don't think he's quite ready yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 
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