Most children are fascinated with scissors and love to use them, yet they really have very little in their lives they can meaninfully cut. So what happens? Mom's magazine gets snipped to ribbons, baby sister or the dog get an amateur barber job, maybe they become a fashion designer: "I think my pants would be better as shorts!" Thankfully Kumon has come to the rescue and has come up with a book for children that they CAN cut, have fun with, and mom won't be upset!
I reviewed Kumon's First Steps Series LET'S CUT PAPER, and that is the good FIRST book for cutting. Once your child has done that one, then there is this book with 40 wonderful, colorful pages to cut! Kumon recommends MY FIRST BOOK OF CUTTING for ages 3-4-5, but I can tell you it is great for an older child too. There are many children who are a bit delayed in developing such fine motor skills such as handling a pair of scissors. My son is 8 years old and loves this book. It is not babyish at all, is very fun and has given him much needed practice in cutting.
PLEASE!! Do your child a favor by giving him, along with this book, a GOOD pair of scissors! Cheap scissors abound for children, and if given those, their projects will looked chewed, and not cut. Both Fiskars and Crayola make very nice scissors for children. We have been using Crayola, with all metal blades, and get very good results.
Okay, what are the projects to cut in this book? Well,the first are simple, cutting vertically from the bottom of the page along thick grey lines...cut and stop at when you reach the fruit, the flag, or the building. The next ones are printed horizontally on the page, but still a child will no doubt hold the paper so they are cutting vertically. Project #6 is cutting along the teeth of 2 combs. #8-#11 are having the children cut diagonal lines, and some change direction. #12 is cutting a pentagon shape, which is of a cuckoo clock. #13 goes back to zig zag lines as you cut each floor of the buildings.#14 is fun, cut out a girl on her rectangle bed and cover her with the rectangle blanket you cut out.#15 has you cut apart the squares of the chocolate bar! There are pages for cutting out various objects: the sun, a fox, sandwiches, a hamburger on a plate, sport balls, a pine tree, a bunch of bananas, etc. There is a paper necklace to cut out, a rainbow to snip into separate colors, and the end projects are cutting out animals and vehicles, when folded on the dotted line, become 2 sided and will stand on the table. Really fun and cute, not babyish, and any child would love this book! Once your child has mastered the cutting in this book, they would probably also enjoy Kumon's MY BOOK OF PASTING, MY BOOK OF PASTING: JIGSAW PUZZLES, and MY BOOK OF EASY CRAFTS. Unsure of what gift to get a child who seems to have everything? Give this book, and a pair of good scissors, and you will have given them many joyful,creative hours. I don't know how anyone could not like this book...enjoy!