I recently read how, when they start school, the average boy is almost a year behind his female classmates in terms of fine motor skills. My first thought was 'my poor boy, I must shield him from this perceived potential failure!'... my second thought was 'not my boy!'
Vin is pretty much always after my scissors, so I got him a pair of his own and put together a little tray of things to snip and tear.
I raided my paper stash and picked as many different colours and textures as I could find. I cut them into thin strips that he could snip through in one go, some wavy lines and some with pinking shears and made sure there was nothing too tough to chop through.
He was soo into this, my floor looked like a massacre in a stationery shop after he was done but it was worth it for the smiles when I handed him a pair of his very own scissors! I have been restocking the tray as we get through supplies, cereal box cardboard has been a favourite and drinking straws shoot off round the room in a most satisfying manner when they are cut.
How do your kids like to work their fine motor skills?