Halloween is coming up and what better way to celebrate it than with some Halloween-themed activities for preschoolers? One activity that you can try out is this Halloween scissor practice activity. This activity not only sharpens your child's fine motor skills, but it also helps them develop their creativity. The best part is that it is an easy and fun activity to do at home. 

In this blog post, we'll explore why scissor practice is important, how young is too young to start using scissors, and most importantly, we'll recommend some of the best Halloween songs for preschoolers that you can play for your child while doing the activity.

At what age should kids start using scissors?
Scissor practice can start as early as two years old. However, under constant supervision, a child's safety should always be the top priority. At this age, kids can start with plastic scissors that are safe and easy to handle. As your child grows and develops their fine motor skills, they can move on to more advanced scissors like metal ones.

What does using scissors help with?
Using scissors helps children develop and improve their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and bilateral coordination. It also helps build their confidence as they learn how to hold and use the scissors properly. In addition, it is a great way for them to explore their creativity and imagination as they cut out different shapes and designs.

Why you should give your child scissors made for kids.
Preschoolers should use scissors that are specially designed for kids rather than adult scissors. Adult scissors are typically larger and have sharper blades, which can pose a safety hazard to young children. Children's safety is of paramount importance, and using scissors that are designed for adults can cause accidents that could result in injuries. In addition to being safer, scissors that are designed for preschoolers are also easier for them to use. They're designed with kid-friendly handles that make them easier to grip and control. The blades on kid scissors are also typically shorter, making them more manageable for children to manipulate. By using scissors that are designed for their age group, children are able to gain the fine motor skills necessary for future academic success.

Turn on your favorite Halloween songs for preschoolers.
Playing Halloween songs will add an extra touch of fun to the activity. It will also keep the atmosphere festive and engaging for your child. 

Some of the best Halloween songs for preschoolers include: 
"Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett
"Spooky Scary Skeletons" by Andrew Gold
"This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas
"The Addams Family Theme Song" by Vic Mizzy
"Halloween Night" by The Fun Squad

These songs are not only catchy but the perfect soundtrack for your Halloween crafting session.  You can also type in "HALLOWEEN SONGS FOR PRESCHOOLERS" on YouTube and a ton of songs will pop up!

When you are done, let your child decorate one area of the house.
Once your child has finished practicing their scissor skills, reward them by letting them decorate one area of the house with their artwork. It can be a wall, a door, or a window. This will give your child a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work. Plus, it will add an extra spooky touch to your Halloween decorations.

So, turn up the music, sit down with your child, and start creating some spooky Halloween decorations today!

This activity is one of the activities from my Halloween Unit Study.

Xx Jeni



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