As a kindergarten and special needs teacher (and a mom to 5 little ones!), I have helped a lot of children learn how to hold a scissors correctly. It can be really difficult to teach a child how to hold a scissors correctly but I figured out a fun and easy method that children love. It is really important to teach correct scissors correctly because you want the child to feel comfortable while cutting and secondly, if the child holds the scissors correctly it makes using the scissors and cutting well so much easier!
To teach the correct way to hold a scissors, you can have the child pretend his/her dominant (writing/cutting) hand is a shark. Show the child how the dorsal fin of the shark (your thumb) is pointed upward and swimming around… Fins up and swimming! Now that the fins are up/the thumb is pointing upward, you are ready for the friendly shark! Do you want to know the shark trick for how to teach a child to hold a scissors correctly? Click the yellow arrow below!