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Let's Cut Paper Paperback – Nov 1 2005

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book for children to learn to cut with scissors Aug. 13 2006
By Susan - Published on
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I have been reviewing all of the books currently available in the Kumon First Steps Workbooks series, and LET'S CUT PAPER is the 4th and final one. It is just wonderful, like the other 3 books: LET'S STICKER AND PASTE, LET'S COLOR, and LET'S FOLD. This book gives young children (recommended age 2 and up) a fun first experience handling scissors.

My son is 8 yrs. old and is a normal boy in every way, except like many children, was slower to develop some of his fine motor skills. He has loved using all of these first steps workbooks, along with the regular Kumon workbooks. He has gained much in his ability to cut carefully using the simple exercises in this book. Please be sure to give your child a GOOD pair of scissors with this book! Cheap and junky scissors will lead to the projects looking chewed, not cut. Do your child a favor and let his projects look beautiful by giving him a good pair of scissors. Fiskars for children, with blunt or pointed tips are very good. We use the Crayola child's scissors, with all metal blades (not plastic) and these cut extremely well too.

Now armed with a good pair of scissors, what will your child be cutting? Well, there are 39 small pages for him to cut, beginning with simple things like cut the whiskers on the cat, the dog, and the tiger. Project #4 is cutting the square paper in half on the thick grey line, and arranging the 2 pieces to make a picture of a car. #6 has you do this, but cutting the square on a diagonal, and arranging the 2 pieces to make a boat.#7 has the child make 3 cuts across the square, and tape the 3 cut pieces in order to make a rocket. Project #8 is the same, with 3 cuts making 4 pieces to tape is a tug of war rope with animals! My son loved playing this game, we each took an end and pulled to see whose animals won the tug of war (the tape will snap apart). The next few are cutting the aquare into 4 small squares and arranging the picture correctly, like a 4 pc. puzzle. Several projects involve cutting from the outside in, to free up the arms and legs of a teddy bear or cat, the wings and tail of a bird, etc. Some pages have the child cut and then fold the edges to make animals in a fenced pasture, etc.Then there is a section where the child cuts across the mouth of people and various animals. The mouths are wavy, curved, etc, and when cut, you can make the mouth closed, or open to see what they are eating. Several more pages are having the child cut along the grey line either in a spiral, or diminishing square, triangle, etc. to cut apart a spider web, or a fish line, or roses on a vine, or watermelons in a patch, or make a curly snake. All these teach the child to cut and turn the paper when the direction of the cutting line changes. Other pages have the child cut a square, circle, oval,triangle out of the center of the page to flip corrctly to be the lions face, the rhino's nose, etc. And at the end are objects to just cut out: #33 is a beach ball, #34 is a half a sandwich, #36 a hippo head, #38 a rabbit's head. Very simple, yet again teaching the children to carefully cut and reposition the paper while doing so. This is a very fun book, the artwork is fun and not babyish, is colorful, and printed on heavy paper. Many children LOVE scissors and love to cut things! So give them this book, and maybe it will save baby sister's hair from being cut off! After your child completes this book, I recommend Kumon's MY FIRST BOOK OF CUTTING, which has 40 more project pages for the scissor happy child to cut! In conclusion: a wonderful, wonderful little book!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Simply amazing! Fun book that builds skill and coordination. Dec 31 2006
By mama cat - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 4 year old who has been asking to use scissors for some time. I really felt she was too young to use them, but when I saw the book was recommended for ages 2 and up, I decided to let her try.

The book begins with very simple activities and slowly becomes more difficult. The illustrations are fun and colorful. There are instructions for parents that focus on positive reinforcement and ideas to keep your child interested when challenged. Within two weeks my child was cutting curves, sharp angles, difficult shapes and spirals. I was amazed! There is a certificate of achievement for the child when the book has been finished.

This is a great book to help your child learn to cut paper, and to build self confidence.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great learning tool April 14 2009
By 2 boys' Mom - Published on
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I bought my 3 year old all of the books in this series. They are great books: very colorful, durable, and educational. They have helpful hints for the parents which I find very useful. My son loves working in these books.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Cut more paper! Sept. 2 2009
By C. Wade - Published on
Format: Paperback
My son, age 2 years 2 months, loves this book. Like other reviewers, I feared he was too young to use scissors, but was swayed by the "ages 2 and up" on the cover. He had a hard time using the scissors at first, and I thought the book was progressing too quickly and he would not be able to do the next level of "project." However, it seems to be progressing at just the right speed, so he can learn the activity without getting bored. I am amazed by what my son is able to do each time he picks up this book. He is really into this book, spending up to 45 minutes intently trying to cut the paper. I even use it as a bribe "if you do x, we can play with the scissors book."

So far he has loved the "Let's Sticker and Paste" book as well. The "Let's Color" is not as interesting to him, and is easily replaced by a coloring book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cute and effective book. Aug. 22 2013
By teamelon - Published on
Format: Paperback
We started this book when my daughter turned 3. It was her introduction to hold scissors and cutting. It has been almost year now and we use this book on and off. Today, I am proud to say that she can cut straight/curve, long/short lines with little problem. We have approx. 5 pages remaining in this book. To my surprise, it is the folding that gets on her nerve. For example, after she cuts the octopus' arms, she needs to fold them to make them look lively and I am afraid that the folds are too tiny for her. She got a bit frustrated at folding the perfect little lines to make the arms dance. Other than that, I think I would recommend this book for toddlers and do a page or two when your child is ready and able. She seems to enjoy it more when I do not make it look like a 'practice'; just for fun. The other surprise is that if you save the pages, the animals like the bear and the cat can actually stand up on the table and you can play pretend with them like puppets. Very cute.