The 10 Best Scissors For Kids
This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Whether it's making paper snowflakes, custom confetti, or chains to decorate for a birthday party, there are endless arts and crafts uses for a sturdy pair of shears. However, some parents might not feel comfortable handing their child a sharp metal tool, and with good reason. Our selection of scissors for kids puts safety first, and includes options for everyone, including teachers. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
May 06, 2020:
Most adults take the action for granted, but working a pair of scissors can actually be quite tricky for young kids. To ensure that the learning process runs smoothly, you'll need a pair of scissors made especially for little hands, with safety features to keep fingers safe. We've kept plenty of options designed to be safe for kids aged 3 and up — be sure to check the age range before you select a pair, as it can vary — but keep in mind that you'll still need to supervise. You'll also need to teach your kiddos how to handle a pair of scissors properly, and to respect them as a tool that can cause harm when used incorrectly.
For beginning users, we still like the Maped Koopy Educational and the spring-loaded design that allows a child to cut without assistance. Not only that, but they're cute; however, as with many choices, including the Fiskars Pointed Tip and the Stanley Guppy 5-Inch, colors are sent randomly. If these are still too difficult for your child, there's the Mini Easi-Grip and the loop-shaped grip that takes the place of traditional handles. This pair is on the small side, however, so older kids may find them frustrating.
If your little one is tiring of standard crayons and coloring books, you might try the Melissa & Doug Skills Pad. There are plenty of fun activities, and it comes complete with plastic scissors designed for users aged 4 to 7. They are a bit flimsy feeling, though, as with many plastic pairs. If you have an older child who wants a more robust feel, there's the Slice Small. These are versatile and safe enough to be useful to both kids and adults, and unlike those with metal blades, they aren't overly sharp — but they still cut well. They're quite a bit more expensive for a single pair than most other options, though.
Nienhuis Montessori Toddler You may have used a pair just like the Nienhuis Montessori Toddler when you were in preschool, as the all-metal design is certainly no new invention. This robust material ensures that they won't break as easily as a flimsy plastic pair, and the shape of the finger holes makes them equally suitable for righties and lefties. nienhuis.com
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Lakeshore Easy-Squeeze Despite the name, they feel a bit stiff to some, but the Lakeshore Easy-Squeeze are nevertheless a relatively useful — and safe — option. Designed for kiddos from 4 to 6 years old, each pair springs open automatically after a cut is made and is a breeze to grip thanks to the big loop handle. lakeshorelearning.com