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My First Book of Cutting [Paperback]

Kumon Publishing
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Feb. 1 2004 Kumon's Practice Books
Improving manual dexterity through activities such as paper cutting is beneficial in the development of the human brain. In this book, children gradually learn how to control scissors through step-by-step exercises that advance from easy shapes to more complex cutting patterns. Fine motor skills acquired through these fun cutting exercises help children learn to control pencils and crayons easily.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow this book is great Dec 1 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
my son loved this book and it really helped improve his cutting skills
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snip, snip, snip Nov. 23 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 3 year old loves to cut. She is very advanced in her cutting skills and I think she finds the simple practice of some pages in this book a little boring. I think for someone just starting with scissors it may be a better investment. I have found some ways to entice her to do the simple cutting lines.. but she tends to add some curves of her own. Overall it is a great book. I have a handful of the KUMON books and find you really can't go wrong with them over all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have scissors, will cut Aug. 13 2006
By Susan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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!
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to using scissors! Feb. 22 2006
By M. Beyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We like the Kumon books very much. We have several including My First Book of Cutting. My 3 year old was evaluated at preschool and did great on everything except cutting, so I immediately ordered this book since he had enjoyed the Tracing and Uppercase Letters workbooks. He loves it! We do 2-3 pages per sitting and he is already getting much better at his cutting skills and we're only about 15 pages into the book.

My only complaint is that it is designed for right-handed cutters since the little arrows & scissors start from the right side of the page. My son is left-handed so I have him flip the paper over so he follows the arrows from left to right instead of vice versa.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step by step, direct and to the point. July 5 2005
By Melissa J. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love the Kumon series books, but what is more important is that my son loves the Kumon series books. The book goes step by step in buiding the confidence of the child in a given skill. The pages are visually appealing, and much better quality than most workbooks. My son is 4 1/2 and we are currently working on the "My First Cutting Book" and "Number Games 1 - 70". We have brought others in the series, but I am waiting to start them. They require writing numbers or letters and we are working the foundation of these skills through "Handwriting without tears" series.

The "Big Workbooks" contain all of the skills in one workbook, but they don't go step by step or as in depth as the Kumon series does. When all of the individual books are added together they are going to cost more than the big workbooks, but it is worth the money.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book with one complaint Feb. 26 2010
By S. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My daughter is 4 and just finished this book. She LOVED it would try to get out of meals early so she could go cut! She was slow to start but all of a sudden it "clicked" for her and I am so proud that she made it look easy towards the end. Maybe she has my art teacher gene!? I am hoping! My only complaint is that it is easier for the child to cut once the page is separate from the book and there are no perforated edges to tear the individual pages out. I had to basically break the binding to get the pages out and getting them out without tearing into the content of the page seemed challenging for me! Why don't they have perforated pages?? Other than that, the book gets an A+.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perforated edges on the pages please! July 22 2013
By M. Norton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My preschool daughter really enjoys the Kumon cutting books. They really help her in her scissor skills.

My one and only complaint is that the pages are extremely difficult to remove from the book. The pages instruct that an adult should cut along the edge of the page to separate the page from the book before giving it to the child. Unfortunately, the book only provides about a half an inch before the content of the page begins. It is impossible to cut the line down the page without cutting into the contents of the page. I had to tear up the entire book and separate all of the pages from the spine of the book just so I could remove the pages easily. It is a bit of a nuisance and unsightly and disorganized.

This problem could have been easily remedied if they'd just perforated the edges of the paper or left plenty of room before beginning the content of the page.
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