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Scissor Skills

Developing cutting skills is a very sequential process. Children need to first learn how to open and shut scissors in order to snip. Practicing activities with tongs and nippers helps consolidate this skill. Then they can move on to cutting short, straight lines, before curves and simple shapes. We have included a range of books to help with this process. Self-opening and easy-grip scissors also help children learn to plan the motor action. Some tips: start with thicker paper, practice cutting things other than paper, eg playdough, and always the correct position is 'thumbs UP for cutting' - ie non-dominant thumb on top of the paper, and dominant thumb in the top loop of the scissors. This ensures the child is in the best position for the job!


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  • Arm Weights


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    Arm weights assist in reducing a tremor through weight and circumferential pressure. These arm weights have proven to be very effective and still allow the child's forearm to rest on the table surface, eg when drawing. Children are steadier and have more control for all fine motor activities, including cutting and careful tracing. Orders are for single arm weights only. 

    This unique design is made of durable stretch cotton lycra, with lead free steel shot distributed evenly along the full length of the forearm. They're not bulky so children are able to rest their forearms comfortably o the desk (eg for writing activities).

    Sizing is determined by the circumference at the fullest part of the forearm:

    * Extra small = 12 - 16cm  (weight is 115gms)

    * Small = 16 - 20cm  (weight is 225gms)

    * Medium = 20 - 24cm (weight is 450gms)

    * Large = 24 - 29cm (weight is 450gms)

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  • Big Book of Cut and Paste Words

    $40.35
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    The Big Book of Cut and Paste Words contains phonic activities with a large selection of activities which can be used for individual, small group or whole class programs. The activities consolidate, extend and revise sounds and give children confidence while making new words in a familiar format. They can be photocopied, enlarged, laminated, cut up and used in a variety of ways, eg
    * Making new words
    * Putting words in sentences
    * Word patterns (same ending, same sound)
    * Cut, paste and write the words to focus also on fine motor skills

    A sequential, curriculum-based book that is useful for parents, teachers, OT's and Speechies. For 5-7 years. 
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  • Bubbletongs


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    Versatile fine motor tool children can use to pick up things and place them carefully. Children learn the action and the control needed in preparation for scissor skills. Colourful, translucent plastic allows children to see the contents in the scooper. Sold individually or in a pack of 4.

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  • Cut N Cruise Magnetic Car


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    So simple, yet so effective! Cut N Cruise is a magnetic car that is placed on the end of metal scissors. Now, just let them "drive" along the line. The little car acts as a cutting guide so there are no "crashes"! This is a great idea to help children maintain a good upright scissor position and to remember to cut 'away' from their body, rather than 'across' their body.  
    Available individually or in a pack of 3.
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  • Developing Cutting Skills 1,2,3 & 4


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    Designed by an Occupational Therapist, these practical and easy to use activity guides provide early childhood workers and parents with easy-to-understand information and activities focused upon the vital skill of cutting.

    Stage 1-3 is directed at 2-4 year olds, and Stage 4 is for 4-6 year olds.

    Stage 1-3 is 83 pages and Stage 4 is 114 pages, including:

    * Developmental milestone norms,

    * Simple, easy to use instructions with quick activities providing multiple opportunities for children to rehearse this essential skill

    * Worksheets accomodate both left and right handed children

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  • Developing Scissor Skills Book

    $29.95
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    The Developing Scissor Skills Book is a comprehensive manual aimed at Occupational Therapists or others who would benefit from an in-depth understanding of the difficulties encountered when mastering scissor skills with solutions to help identify and overcome these. There is a section of photocopiable exercises and activities covering each stage of scissor skill development.

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  • Dual Control Scissor

    $6.95
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    A great tool to help guide little hands. Two sets of finger loops so that two hands can hold the scissor. Helps children to learn the open/close action required to cut.

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  • Easy Grip Scissor

    $6.95
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    Self opening scissor for easy cutting. Easigrip scissors reopen when pressure is released. 

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  • Left Handed Scissors


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    These scissors are specifically for left handed children with a genuine opposite cut allowing safe and even cutting for left handers. Comfortable handles and carbon composite stainless steel blades that won't rust or mark paper. They are available in 2 sizes - 130mm for younger children and 165mm for older children (approx. 8 years+).

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  • Maped Koopy Scissor


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    Koopy scissors are ideal for helping children to master the art of using scissors by having a self-opening mechanism. Children can learn to do the squeezing part, and not worry about the opening bit. Once they've mastered this, you can flick the self-opening lever out of the way and the scissors function as normal. In addition, their rounded ends mean they’re safe for small hands and their look will appeal to all small schoolchildren! 

    Available in green or pink. 13cm length.
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  • Micador Safety Scissors

    $3.50
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    Micador Safety Scissors are designed to teach young children, 3 yrs +, to use scissors. The little flip mechanism pushed the blades open so that the child really just needs to do the squeezing action. Once children have got the idea the flip mechanism can be turned the other way so that the child can do both the opening and the closing actions. 

    Some extra details:

    Designed in Australia. Manufactured in Hong Kong. 
    • Blades angled at 10 degrees for safety.
    • Maximum opening angle at 80 degrees to keep blade on the inside.
    • Wide closed end with smooth radius and rounded blades for safety.
    • Made with high quality, heat treated steel.
    • Ruler on the blade.

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  • Peta Easigrip Scissors


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    Peta Easigrip scissors are high quality, very lightweight and have a continuous loop plastic handle. Operated by squeezing gently using thumb and fingers, or fingers and palm of hand. Scissors automatically reopen when pressure is released. Left and right available


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  • Peta Long Loop Easigrip Scissors


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    All the features of the standard Easigrip Scissor with the advantage of greater control through placing fingers through the long loop.

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  • Peta Long Loop Scissors


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    High quality scissors designed so that the strength of the whole hand can be used for the cutting action, allowing extra control. Left and right available.

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  • Peta Mini Easi-Grip Scissors

    $8.50
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    Mini easi-grip scissors are great for little hands that are learning to cut.

    • Two thirds of the size of standard Easi-Grip® Scissors
    • 30mm round ended stainless steel blade
    • In most cases can be used in either left or right hand
    • Blade guard supplied for safety when not in use

     

              

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  • Peta Mounted Table Top Scissors

    $38.00
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    • Quality Peta Scissors mounted on a plastic base with rubber non-slip feet.
    • The scissors are operated by depressing the "T" shaped handle with the spring automatically reopening the blades once the pressure is released.
    • Suitable for use by those with limited bilateral hand function. 
    • The blades are stainless steel with guaranteed secure fixing to the handle. Brightly coloured base aids visual differentiation.

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  • Peta Self Opening Long Loop Scissors


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    These quality Peta scissors have the advantages of the long loop handle combined with the use of a spring which will automatically re-open the scissor after pressure has been released. 

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  • Peta Self Opening Scissor


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    These scissors look like conventional style scissors, but they have been fitted with a spring which automatically reopens after pressure is released. This makes it easier for children with low muscle tone or motor planning difficulties to get the hang of cutting. Available for left and right handers.

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  • Rainbow Tongs (Pack of 6)

    $18.95
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    Brightly coloured scoops with clear tops and scissor handles for safely capturing, holding and inspecting insects or anything really. An excellent pre-scissor skill activity tool to help children practice opening and closing the tongs, just like opening and closing scissors.  

    Specification
    Size: 180 x 50 x 35mm. For 3+ years


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  • Sizzle Scissors


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    New soft touch scissors from Micador available in true right (red) and Left (green)

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  • SkillB Super Nipper Tongs Kit

    $33.50
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    The Skillbuilders Super Nipper Tong Kit includes some of our best selling fine motor skill development tools. We also include some especially cool things that we save just for this kit! So, we choose a range of 7 items from the following:

    * Tizzer Tongs (pictured in blue)

    * Art Pegs

    * Gator Grabbers 

    * Stand and Deliver Tongs 

    * Fine Motor Twisty Dropper 

    * Bubbletongs 

    * TRex Chopsticks

    * Jumbo Grip Tweezers

    * Squeezy Tweezers

    This collection will give children lots of fun while helping them develop movement control and strength. In combination they add up to almost $40, so this kit is also great value at $33.50 *Please be aware that sometimes we may substitute an out of stock item with an equally fun item. 

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  • Specialty Scissor

    $3.70
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    A comfortable scissor which may be used either as a self-opening or ordinary scissor by flicking the lever. The self-opening feature helps children to learn the motor plan for cutting and it assists children with their grip strength. 135mm in length. Suitable for left and right handers.

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  • Squeezy Tweezers


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    Squeeze this tool in the middle to open the tweezers and strengthen muscles in little hands and fingers. A perfect picker-upper that also builds the hand strength necessary for good fine-motor skills. A really nice tool for developing pre-scissor skills, without using scissors.
    Includes 6 tweezers in 6 different colours. Available individually, in a pack of 6, or as part of Skillbuilders Super Nipper Tong Kit.
    Ages: 4+

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  • Ultra-Safe Scissors

    $5.00
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    These scissors include a great safety shield to offer total protection for fingers. The stainless steel blades are sharp and cut easily, with the safety of a plastic shield. Designed for cutting paper without the risk of cutting anything else!

    ON SALE while stocks last - Now $5 each



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