BUILD FINE MOTOR CO-ORDINATION
Cutting allows a child to build up the little muscles in their hands with the open and close motion. These muscles are so important for writing, painting, and doing every day things like brushing your teeth, eating with utensils, and getting dressed.
DEVELOP HAND-EYE CO-ORDINATION
Cutting requires children to use their eyes and hands in unison to accomplish the cutting task. Eye-hand co-ordination is important for catching/throwing balls, eating with a spoon, and zipping a jacket.
INCREASE BILATERAL CO-ORDINATION
Cutting encourages your child to use both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing its own task. When cutting a shape, a child must hold the paper with one hand while the other hand is opening and closing the scissors and moving forward to cut. This is essential for tasks like zipping up a coat or pants, washing dishes, and opening an envelope.
IMPROVE FOCUS AND ATTENTION
Cutting out shapes takes concentration and attention to detail. Both skills are necessary for success not only in the classroom but in every day life. The ability to sustain focus is essential to being able to read books, listen to instructions and complete many other classroom tasks.