In preschool, the Pickle does a ton of crafts that involve cutting and pasting. We do some at home, but I hadn’t been able to find any scissors that I really felt okay with her using even with supervision, so we had mostly focused on painting and other fine-motor skills at home.
A couple of months ago, I was at a store that rhymes with Schmarget, and found Crayola’s “My First Crayola Safety Scissors” – I couldn’t find them on their website, so here’s a link from Amazon: LINK
The premise of these (and you get a pretty good deal for it, three pair for about $5) is that these scissors should only cut paper and cardstock – not clothes, lampshades, eyelids, or any of the numerous things that small children attempt to cut on a regular basis. They’re made of plastic, no metal, and they’ve got rounded edges. Hence, even stabbing motions to, say, a leather couch should theoretically not meet with any destruction. (I should qualify that nobody in our house has actually attempted this, but I can’t see it being possible.)
Overall, these work awesome. We did have one accidental mishap where Pickle was trying to cut something while holding it up in the air and accidentally got a tiny bit of hair (so they do cut hair), but overall they’ve been working really well. I don’t feel like I’m abandoning her to a deathtrap if I have to turn away for five seconds to get her a new piece of construction paper.
Additionally, they’re really a pretty great price. For $5, you get three pairs. This is nice if you’re having a playdate or if you have multiple children. I figured safety scissors like this would be more expensive than normal scissors, but they’re not at all. They haven’t broken yet despite some pretty heavy use, so they seem durable.
Value: About $5 for three pair. This, in my opinion, is a pretty great deal when a single pair of metal children’s scissors usually runs about $3. 10/10.
Child entertainment level: This was very high for us. The Pickle loves to cut paper into teeny little pieces more than I can even fathom. 9/10.
Practicality: In my opinion, this was very practical. Safe, economic, and worked well. 10/10.