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As my little man has been getting stuck into some serious arts and crafts at nursery lately, I thought I'd fill his little desk at home with some "big boy" stuff. Amongst all of the lollypop sticks and such are a couple of pairs of these Crayola scissors. Designed for ages 3+, and my little lad being 2 ½, I thought I'd give them a go.
Straight out of the packet you'll find that these scissors are of a decent quality. The colours are bright and the plastic is that semi-transparent kind. I believe from pack to pack the colours differ, so you could end up with any colours. In the pack you get 2 pairs of scissors, 1 which cuts straight and 1 which cuts zigzag.
There's enough room to slot even the chunkiest of fingers in, so getting started is pretty easy. The only problem you'll find, especially with younger kids, is that because their thumb and index finger doesn't spread out enough, the scissors won't open too wide. I knew that was of course to be expected, with my son being some 6 months under the recommended age, but I don't imagine his fingers growing several centimetres in the next few months!
The scissors themselves are very lightweight, as they're all plastic with no metal pieces at all. I've also noticed that there aren't any bits of plastic sticking out anywhere, so getting little fingers trapped and pinched isn't much of an issue.
Of course the main reason for buying these wasn't so my man could cut out intricate snowflakes for Christmas, it was simply to teach him how scissors work and you operate them safely. This is where these scissors are really good, because they're so easy to use that kids can pick it up in no time. Learning which fingers go where, and how to cut is the most important lesson kids will learn from using these.
On the pack it states that the scissors will only cut paper or card, which is reassuring enough. But you're always going to be on edge handing scissors to a toddler. I've set about, a few times, trying to harm myself with these and simply put - I can't!
The blades are plastic, and touching them and running a finger across them does nothing. I've tried cutting my fingers, my skin, even my hair and you just can't do damage with these scissors! The ends of the blades are rounded, so there's no chance of accidental stabbings either. But to paper or card, they're lethal!
As a way of teaching a child how to use scissors, these are perfect. They are colourful and simple to use, and your child can learn how to cut paper up a treat in no time. You won't be on edge either, as these scissors are incredibly safe to use, meaning your little one can go about their masterpiece without you stressing out!
Due to Lily's obsession with Mr Maker, Art Attack and anything arty, I decided to buy some arts and crafts stuff for her and we regularly cut things out and gluing them onto pieces of paper, I even had her making Christmas cards for family members last year, which she loved. I thought it would be a good idea to build up an arts and crafts box for her Christmas. I bought some different coloured card, drawing pads, colouring books, googly eyes, crayons, PVA glue, foam, cotton wool etc and put it all in a big box and wrapped it up. One of the things I thought I would purchase, was her own set of scissors, as it has been me doing all the cutting and I thought it was about time she did her own cutting out.
== The Product ==
The pack includes two pairs of plastic safety scissors; an orange pair with a straight cutting edge and a purple pair with a serrated cutting edge (these are quite good for getting a crinkle effect on paper). The scissors are made of see through plastic and the hinge of the scissor is a yellow plastic screw. Upon first look and feel of them they seem quite flimsy in the hands of an adult, and they feel like they might break with a little heavy handedness, but then I have to remember that these are made for children 3+. Because the cutting edges are plastic, this ensures that if the child has a little accident, the worst he/she will receive is a little nip, so no worrying about your child coming up to you with blood pouring from a nasty cut, so you can feel safe enough to leave your child alone with them for a few moments. T
== Price ==
These were £4.99 including postage from amazon.co.uk, I could have probably purchased a cheaper alternative elsewhere, as these are a little expensive for what is effectively, a couple of pieces of plastic, but I trust the Crayola brand and also, I had an amazon voucher to spend.
== Verdict ==
These are great, it wasn't long before Lily was cutting her own bits of paper, card etc and sticking them onto paper to make great collages (great collages for a three year old, she ain't no Picasso yet, but we all have to start somewhere). I know she will be using scissors at school, so this is a good place to start, before moving her up to a normal pair of scissors. I still tell her to be careful with them and I tell her they are very sharp, so when she moves onto a proper pair she will know the safety aspects of using scissors properly.
==Crayola Safety Scissors==
Jack is really into his arts and crafts which I guess is the same for most children of his age. His favourite thing is actually cutting out things from the old Argos book and sticking onto a blank piece of paper and colouring in a scene to make some sort of Star Wars related page. He is more than happy to get on and do this on his own but I was always concerned with leaving him to get on with it when the scissors he was using were proper metal scissors. With this in mind I decided to purchase some child friendly scissors.
Jack tells me these Crayola Safety Scissors are the ones that they use at school and I was more than happy to pay the price of a little over £3 to get two pairs of the plastic scissors when we were out shopping at the end of last year. He really put them to good use around Christmas time as he made a few Christmas cards for family members which went down a real storm.
The scissors themselves come in a pack of two housed on a backing of cardboard and the front covered in an easy to remove section of plastic. There are two different colours, a red and a blue. Jack wanted to use the red first as this is his favourite colour so I put the second pair away in case the first pair broke but so far this hasn't been the case and the red pair are still going strong.
Jack seems able to cut a variety of different shapes and materials with these scissors and with relative ease. They can cut through several sheets of paper at one time although thick card really needs to be cut one sheet at a time to get a clean cut line.
The scissors are made of a thick and very durable plastic which is coloured yet see through. They are chunky and easy to handle for little hands. They are surprisingly good at cutting through both paper and card yet they are not sharp enough to cut through flesh! Thank goodness. I find them a little difficult to use without getting my chunky thumbs stuck in the holes and you can tell they are really for children to use.
The scissors are really made to a high quality which is what you would expect with a Crayola product and Jack really finds using them easy. I think that they are a top scoring product and I would be more than happy to award a 5 out of 5 star rating and give them an exceptionally high recommendation. They are the best scissors that a child can use.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I had never really let my daughter have scissors always cutting things for her as I was sure she would hurt herself however when she started full time school they were allowed to use scissors themselves so I finally gave in and bought her some.
Since this was an item I was a little concerned about her having I wanted a good pair rather than a cheap set so I bought they Crayola brand, Crayola have been around as long as I remember so I was confident that their products would be decent.
I bought the scissors from Amazon and they cost £2 which was for 2 pairs of scissors one straight and one zig zagged. The scissors came with a plastic casing on the front and a cardboard backing, they are easy to get out of the packaging as you simply pull back the plastic from the cardboard and the scissors are free.
The scissors are brightly coloured being red and purple with a yellow mechanism and my daughter was thrilled when she saw them, they are easy to hold and she manages to use them and cut with them without problem. Since these are safety scissors there have been no problems with her cutting herself which was my concern so I was pleased with them in that respect. The only issue with the scissors is since they are not very sharp they are only really good for paper and it is a struggle to get them to cut through cardboard which makes my daughter get annoyed.
I would recommend these scissors and am happy with my daughter playing with them, I would recommend paying the extra and buying the Crayola brand for your own piece of mind and I know my daughter would recommend these as she plays with them for ages it's just a shame I have to clean up all the cuttings afterwards.
Our little lad loves to do his arts and crafts and a lot of this involves him using scissors and glue and other things that both me and his mum just do not feel comfortable about letting him use on his own. He is now in the process of making his own Christmas cards for friends and family and as he started about two days ago we know this will continue through for the next couple of weeks - every night after he gets in from school he settles himself down at the dining room table and takes over from where he left off the night before - he has so far made only one card for his aunty and uncle and it will be a long slow process but with a bit of help he will get there.
For this reason we decided to buy his own safety scissors from Crayola. I paid £1.09 for two pairs of scissors from Poundstretcher. They are held together in one of those difficult to open cardboard and toughened plastic jobs. One pair of scissors are purple and have the 'zigzag' effect at cutting and the other pair are in red and do straight cuts.
What I personally like about these child friendly scissors s that they are absolutely safe for him to use and we do not feel like he needs to be supervised whilst he is cutting out. The scissors will not cut anything but paper or cardboard and will certainly not cut his fingers or skin.
They are a nice shape, quite 'fat' and a good size for little hands and fingers to be able to manipulate properly. It makes him feel much more grown up when he uses these, as he doesn't feel like he constantly has to ask for help from either of us.
They are suitable for children aged from three years and upwards and are nicely tapered at the ends and not at all sharp or lethal looking. They work very effectively and cut card and paper very effectively. He particularly likes the jagged scissors as he is using these to make outlines for most of his cards.
There are other Crayola scissors you can buy from this range but we thought that for the two pairs this seemed really good value for money as well as peace of mind.
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My niece and I love making things together when I look after her. Coming up to Christmas we decided to make her my sister (her mum) and my mum (her grandmother) handmade Christmas cards. I thought it would be a nice idea and I knew it would keep her busy.
We already have lots of craft bits such as paper, feathers and sequins. The only thing we didn't have was child friendly scissors. Knowing my niece likes to be independent I knew she would want to handle the scissors herself with no aid from me. So to save the trouble I decided to look out for some child friendly scissors which she could use herself.
** Price & Availability **
I was originally going to buy these off Amazon as it was quick and easy. They cost £2.56 with free postage. But while out last week I popped into Hobby Craft to get my mum some knitting stuff and saw them in there for £1.19. A bargain! I am surprised as usually the internet has the best deals but this just shows that sometimes the high-street stores are worth a look at too.
** Crayola Straight & Zig Zag Scissors **
The pack comes with 2 pairs of safety scissors. A red pair that's cuts straight and a purple pair that cuts crinkly (zigzag). The scissors are made with chunky plastic but still feel light and easy for my niece to use.
The packaging states that the scissors will only cut card and paper, which is just what I wanted. When using them, the scissors go through the paper and card really easily. My niece manages to cut out squares without having to pull any of the paper apart herself and it did cut the card rather than just bending it like some blunt scissors do.
She was really pleased that she could do the cutting herself and after feeling the 'blade' it was not sharp at all so I had no issues in her taking control of them. They would never be sharp enough for her to cut herself and they wouldn't be any good at cutting hair either. Even though she doesn't tend to do this I know some kids do.
The fact that there are 2 pairs of scissors is great value for money. It also gives my niece something else to do as she likes using the crinkly ones just to cut out shapes and stick them on paper. She thinks it looks pretty and that's enough to keep her entertained.
** Recommendation **
These scissors are great value for money considering I bought them for £1.19. They cut through paper and card easily making me feel comfortable that my niece can use them.
They are made quite robust and the screw or pivot in the middle is sturdy enough to handle being dropped once or ten times. They are brightly coloured making them look tempting for my niece to use and they have helped her make two very pretty Christmas cards. Lots of zigzag edges seem to be her design.
I recommend these for anyone who likes their child to have creative time and to add to any art and crafts box. They are very child friendly and a great price.
** Other Info **
Suitable for age 3 and over.
Crayola Safety Scissors
I have to admit that I do like Crayola items as I often find them a good make and they last well. The smaller items are also very reasonably priced so we find ourselves buying quite a few craft things for our youngster who loves anything to do with art and craft.
Being quite young, we do not trust our youngster to use proper 'adult' scissors and so have bought her a few plastic child scissors, the latest pack being this duo pack from crayola as just as Christmas was coming along, we found her other scissors had vanished into thin air! (maybe the elves needed them?!)
Amazon have these for as little as £0.01 though with postage on top. We bought these for around £1.50 at the supermarket which is still a reasonable price.
As already mentioned, you get two pairs of scissors in the pack - a red and a black one. Both are made from the usual sturdy plastic and are quite bulky to enable little ones to hold on to them easier. The holes are actually larger than usual so I even find I can put my fingers through and use them, though I still prefer my 'adult' ones! One pair of scissors cut as normal with a straight edge where as the other has a zig zag edge. Although the scissors are made to cut through paper easily, they are not sharp enough to cut fingers, plus, I do not find it easy to cut through paper. Quite often, my little one snags them on the paper and rips it rather than cutting it, and the scissors are useless on anything thicker than paper such as card. This is quite often the case with scissors such as this, though, but I would rather this than have a finger or two cut off!
The price is great for the scissors, though like other child friendly ones, they really do not cut well. My little one gets frustrated at times when the paper rips instead of cuts, though at other times she is quite happy to carry on her own way.
With 3 young children to keep entertained on rainy days we have to find different things to keep us entertained and 1 thing my children love is for making things. While we are doing our craft sessions the children often want to help cut the materials but obviously they can not use proper scissors. This is when I decided we would get some safe ones.
I brought a pack of two from Tesco for around £2 in this pack there were a normal pair of straight cutting scissors and a pair with a jagged edge that cut in zig zag lines to create a fun design for little one to add to their crafty makes.They are bright red and purple colors attractive and suitable to both boys and girls. They are made completely from plastic so there is little danger of your little one hurting themselves on them as there are no sharp edges.
We found they cut through paper very easily but for card and ribbon you need to get them in just the right angle to cut through the materials. This can be quite difficult for my little girl as she tends to get frustrated as she is younger how ever my son nearly 4 has figured out the technique of the right way to cut.
Adult supervision is required and guidance is 3 years plus although my daughter 2 can use them for paper. All round great addition to our craft box we have had them around 8 months and although they have been used by 2 boisterous toddlers and my niece and nephew 8 and 9 theres still not a scratch on them. It is worth paying the little extraor the brand name on these as they are briliant!
We've tried a few different pairs of kids safety scissors over the years. Most of them have been relatively blunt plastic jobbies which have proven near incapable of cutting even the thinnest of papers. Those that have been able to cut paper have needed an adult technique to do so. The tempation behind buying all those other pairs was of course the price tag. You can pick up a pair of cheapy kids scissors for about 30p - 40p a pair in most supermarkets or bargain shops. The Crayola Safety Scissors will set you back around £2 for a twin pack, but it turned out that we could have saved a lot of money (and frustration) by forking out the £2 in the first instance instead of trying to be cheapskates!
What's so great about these is that they are not only effective at cutting paper - they are effective at cutting paper when used by a young child. Even if the child tries to turn the paper at a big angle, or holds the scissors upside down and in the wrong hand - they will still do the job. They won't do it as well as if held and used correctly, but they will have a go all the same.
These are as safe as you're going to get in a pair of safety scissors too. The grandson has sat there and actually tried to cut one of his fingers with these on purpose before. For no other reason than he's a little boy and he wanted to see what would happen (obviously). They wouldn't even nick the skin - and yet they slice through paper fairly easily. They won't cut through thick card, but then safety scissors are designed to make scissor practice safe for tots really - they're not intended for heavy duty craft work.
I wish we'd bought these before trying to mess around with cheaper versions. They do the job well, for a reasonable price really. They come in two attractive unisex colours (orange and purple) and they're really safe for use by youngsters. I definitely recommend these to other parents - buy these first and you won't have to bother buying any more until they're ready for a 'real' pair.
I bought these scissors for my daughter, as she totally loves making things and cutting things up. They cost me just £1.50 which is a bargain for 2 pairs of child safe scissors. I would never trust any child with normal scissors as I think they are far too sharp. After much nagging from her I decided to buy her some, and was shocked at just how cheap they were.
The scissors are pretty basic, you have one pair of red scissors and one pair of purple scissors. they are both just like a normal pair of scissors only entirely made of plastic. Including the cutting part, this is why they are called safety scissors, as they do not have any sharp blades on. So you have no worries about your child cutting their selves on these scissors. The tips of these scissors are also rounded, which i find better as there is then no sharp edges.
The scissors do however cut in different ways, one cuts in normal lines and the other pair cuts in zig zag lines. The scissors are pretty small so I would not say they are ideal for adult use.
Ease of use
My daughter has used these scissors on both paper and card, they cut through paper with ease but she did tend to struggle more with the card. She did say these were easy to use herself, but asked if she could use my scissors to cut through her card. So I assume that she did not like using them on card. I also asked if her fingers got sore using the scissors to which she replied they did not, so i assume that the holes you put your fingers through are pretty comfortable to use without hurting your fingers when using them quite a bit.
My overall opinion
The scissors are of very good quality, so far there has been no problems with them, and she has had them for quite a few months now. I have normally found that with plastic scissors they tend to break pretty easy, but not these ones.
My daughter has cut out some very good shapes with these, with straight lines and zig zag lines. She loves making the snow flake pictures and these turn out very well with these, and she can do the different patterns with them better too, with the two different cutting types.
These scissors are very safe to use, the only thing i would not trust is if your child has urges to cut their own hair, as this would probably still cut through it, I would try that to see if it would cut through hair but i like mine the way it is loll. So some adult supervision is recommended. But as my child is 9 I have no worries about her been left alone with these scissors and she is usually occupied with these and a few peices of paper for a while, whitch gives me some peace.
I would recommend these for any child who enjoys been artistic, as they are durable and very safe to use. I mean £1.50 for 2 pairs of safety scissors that last ages how can you complain.
My daughter loves doing arts and crafts and, as such, I have a big arts box which I ensure is continually topped up with supplies so that she can delve into it whenever the mood takes her. Because she gets through her supplies fairly quickly, and she is not the best at looking after things, I try to purchase craft materials which are both durable and inexpensive - and for me, Crayola, together with ELC products, tend to come out at the very top of this list.
As my daughter is only 3 years old, I obviously don't want her having access to any products with which she could cause herself damage - and for that reason, sharp scissors are really not an option. For this reason, I purchased the pack of Crayola Safety Scissors for the princely sum of £1.03 - which I felt was a very good price. In the pack there were two pairs of scissors, one black and the other red. Both scissors are made out of thick and sturdy plastic and have finger-hole handles which are just the right size for little people. Having said that, the holes are big enough for adults to use also.
What makes these "safety" scissors is that they are designed only to cut paper and cardboard. One of the scissors cuts straight, and the other one cuts in zigzags - which affords a nice edge to a child's craft. My daughter tends to favour the zigzag version and the straight scissors are "boring" and often get left in the box. The do both cut paper and will stretch to thin cardboard, but anything thicker than that and they don't have a chance. Having said that, although they do cut, at times I can find them a little irritating to use because, by their very nature, they are blunt and so the don't always cut paper very easily. My daughter doesn't seem to notice though and she is more than happy to hack away at paper as long as she gets lots of praise that she's cutting things beautifully!
Overall, I do think these scissors are okay for very young children who aren't likely to be doing any intricate cutting. However, I'm sure that older children would find these scissors a bit limited and unprecise. However, for my toddler, safety needs must come first.