Welcome to the Homeschool Mom’s Craft Table. Enjoy a quick foray into the world of art; join us as we delve into projects, offer helpful tips, explore new tools, and encourage all things creative. Come along and share a world of fun!
I cannot begin to express how frustrating it is to be in the middle of a project only to reach for a pair of shears and find them dull. Even worse, is when you are surrounded by little people all reaching for kid scissors only to discover they break two minutes later. One of the most frequently used tools in our crafting closet is our selection of scissors.
When I was younger, I used to think scissors were scissors. I mean, they all cut; right? What’s the big deal? It took me some time to realize that there were left-handed scissors and right-handed. (Yeah; I know, crazy.) Then, I figured out there were different scissors for different jobs. Who knew?
Now, we have scissors all over the house. I have scissors in my kitchen to use only with food items. Then, we have three pair in our kitchen drawer for kid use. Shears for sewing, paper cutting, and even pinking shears! The kids have their own set, my husband has his, and mine are kept hidden in a box in our crafting cupboard so they don’t go missing on me. (Because they would.)
Thankfully, scissors aren’t terribly expensive. I can usually find kid scissors at Target for under a buck. Adult scissors are also fairly reasonable as long as I don’t reach for those fancy embroidery shears at the local fabric store; they’re gorgeous, but way out of my league.
As a parent, I’m often surprised at how many little kids don’t get the opportunity to use scissors. For those who don’t homeschool, it seems they are waiting for their local public school to start the fun. If you haven’t initiated your kids into the fun world of scissors, let me encourage you to get the fun started! There are so many awesome activities and crafts your littles could be doing. If you’re looking for a few good practice lessons, these might help you out:
Shears are one crafting tool we definitely couldn’t live without. We keep a pair in every room, even our bathroom, and use them on a daily basis. Now, if I could just remember to dig out those nifty pinking shears and start putting them to use!
Time to Chime In: I’ve often wondered… Does anyone still get their shears sharpened? Considering you can get a new pair for a good price, is sharpening worth the effort?