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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2006
I have been reviewing all of the books currently available in the Kumon First Steps Workbooks series, and LET'S CUT PAPER is the 4th and final one. It is just wonderful, like the other 3 books: LET'S STICKER AND PASTE, LET'S COLOR, and LET'S FOLD. This book gives young children (recommended age 2 and up) a fun first experience handling scissors.

My son is 8 yrs. old and is a normal boy in every way, except like many children, was slower to develop some of his fine motor skills. He has loved using all of these first steps workbooks, along with the regular Kumon workbooks. He has gained much in his ability to cut carefully using the simple exercises in this book. Please be sure to give your child a GOOD pair of scissors with this book! Cheap and junky scissors will lead to the projects looking chewed, not cut. Do your child a favor and let his projects look beautiful by giving him a good pair of scissors. Fiskars for children, with blunt or pointed tips are very good. We use the Crayola child's scissors, with all metal blades (not plastic) and these cut extremely well too.

Now armed with a good pair of scissors, what will your child be cutting? Well, there are 39 small pages for him to cut, beginning with simple things like cut the whiskers on the cat, the dog, and the tiger. Project #4 is cutting the square paper in half on the thick grey line, and arranging the 2 pieces to make a picture of a car. #6 has you do this, but cutting the square on a diagonal, and arranging the 2 pieces to make a boat.#7 has the child make 3 cuts across the square, and tape the 3 cut pieces in order to make a rocket. Project #8 is the same, with 3 cuts making 4 pieces to tape together...it is a tug of war rope with animals! My son loved playing this game, we each took an end and pulled to see whose animals won the tug of war (the tape will snap apart). The next few are cutting the aquare into 4 small squares and arranging the picture correctly, like a 4 pc. puzzle. Several projects involve cutting from the outside in, to free up the arms and legs of a teddy bear or cat, the wings and tail of a bird, etc. Some pages have the child cut and then fold the edges to make animals in a fenced pasture, etc.Then there is a section where the child cuts across the mouth of people and various animals. The mouths are wavy, curved, etc, and when cut, you can make the mouth closed, or open to see what they are eating. Several more pages are having the child cut along the grey line either in a spiral, or diminishing square, triangle, etc. to cut apart a spider web, or a fish line, or roses on a vine, or watermelons in a patch, or make a curly snake. All these teach the child to cut and turn the paper when the direction of the cutting line changes. Other pages have the child cut a square, circle, oval,triangle out of the center of the page to flip corrctly to be the lions face, the rhino's nose, etc. And at the end are objects to just cut out: #33 is a beach ball, #34 is a half a sandwich, #36 a hippo head, #38 a rabbit's head. Very simple, yet again teaching the children to carefully cut and reposition the paper while doing so. This is a very fun book, the artwork is fun and not babyish, is colorful, and printed on heavy paper. Many children LOVE scissors and love to cut things! So give them this book, and maybe it will save baby sister's hair from being cut off! After your child completes this book, I recommend Kumon's MY FIRST BOOK OF CUTTING, which has 40 more project pages for the scissor happy child to cut! In conclusion: a wonderful, wonderful little book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2006
I bought this book for my 4 year old who has been asking to use scissors for some time. I really felt she was too young to use them, but when I saw the book was recommended for ages 2 and up, I decided to let her try.

The book begins with very simple activities and slowly becomes more difficult. The illustrations are fun and colorful. There are instructions for parents that focus on positive reinforcement and ideas to keep your child interested when challenged. Within two weeks my child was cutting curves, sharp angles, difficult shapes and spirals. I was amazed! There is a certificate of achievement for the child when the book has been finished.

This is a great book to help your child learn to cut paper, and to build self confidence.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2009
I bought my 3 year old all of the books in this series. They are great books: very colorful, durable, and educational. They have helpful hints for the parents which I find very useful. My son loves working in these books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
We started this book when my daughter turned 3. It was her introduction to hold scissors and cutting. It has been almost year now and we use this book on and off. Today, I am proud to say that she can cut straight/curve, long/short lines with little problem. We have approx. 5 pages remaining in this book. To my surprise, it is the folding that gets on her nerve. For example, after she cuts the octopus' arms, she needs to fold them to make them look lively and I am afraid that the folds are too tiny for her. She got a bit frustrated at folding the perfect little lines to make the arms dance. Other than that, I think I would recommend this book for toddlers and do a page or two when your child is ready and able. She seems to enjoy it more when I do not make it look like a 'practice'; just for fun. The other surprise is that if you save the pages, the animals like the bear and the cat can actually stand up on the table and you can play pretend with them like puppets. Very cute.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2009
My son, age 2 years 2 months, loves this book. Like other reviewers, I feared he was too young to use scissors, but was swayed by the "ages 2 and up" on the cover. He had a hard time using the scissors at first, and I thought the book was progressing too quickly and he would not be able to do the next level of "project." However, it seems to be progressing at just the right speed, so he can learn the activity without getting bored. I am amazed by what my son is able to do each time he picks up this book. He is really into this book, spending up to 45 minutes intently trying to cut the paper. I even use it as a bribe "if you do x, we can play with the scissors book."

So far he has loved the "Let's Sticker and Paste" book as well. The "Let's Color" is not as interesting to him, and is easily replaced by a coloring book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2009
I ordered a bunch of the Kumon books because I work full time and felt that I have not been working with my pre-schooler on skills her friends have been learning. I also wanted a set of organized activities I could just grab and go when we have time to fill because I don't have the time to be supermom organizing my own homemade activities and crafts.

So far this cutting book has been the favorite, although all the Kumon ones I ordered are 5 stars too. My daughter is addicted to this book and is always asking to work on her cutting book. Definitely follow the recommendations in the book such as to only do a couple pages at a time and leave your child wanting to do more. If you rush through the pages, you just waste the book and it is not as enriching. Take your time with each page; discuss and explain it. AND we also get some use and play value from the pages after the cutting is completed! Many of them have been cute little crafty things/animals that encourage imaginative play.

They have done a superb job of stepping up the skill level every 2-4 pages. I'm thrilled as we turn each page and see what is next. It's incredible quality throughout with the full color, slick pages and adorable drawings. And with almost all the pages we've done so far there is some additional skill-building activity after cutting - such as to match up the pieces to create a scene, fold the edges, tape pieces together.

The parent is supposed to cut each page from the book, but I've been letting my daughter do that for extra practice. I help her hold the page and book while she cuts it across.

I'm thrilled with how she has been developing her cutting skills and how much enthusiasm she has for it. We just did three pages where you cut slits above and below an animals arms and legs so you can make them flap their limbs. My daughter went the extra mile to also cut off a lot of the extra paper around the animals too.

This book is exactly what I wanted and I can't say enough good things about it. The Kumon people put a lot of time and thought into stepping the skills from beginning to end - I just never thought of things in this way. When you know how to use scissors, you just don't realize that it actually is pretty tough! Cutting to a certain point and then stopping. Cutting all the way through. Cutting lines that intersect. Cutting around a shape, etc. Learning to hold the scissors and turn the paper. It's wonderful and helps me spend enjoyable time with my child and feel confident she is learning the skills her friends are.

We have not finished the book - we're maybe 1/3 or so of the way through. I'm excited to see what comes next!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2008
This is perfect for my five year old who is behind in his fine motor skills. He is getting the practice he needs while having fun with the colorful pictures and putting the puzzle pieces together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2014
I really liked this book but it was difficult for my over 2 year old to do this book. She was just so excited to be allowed to use scissors and her mental abilities and dexterity were just too immature. However, we restarted it when she was 3 1/2 and she actually surprised me how far she had come in her abilities. We were able to do 2 pages a day and with just a little verbal guidance from me, she was able to complete the spirals and squares and such. I would highly recommend NOT giving up on the book if it is difficult for your child. Go ahead and wait a few months and then come back to it. It will be more rewarding for you and your child if they are truly ready. I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 because I have a hard time imagining an average 2 year old really being physically and mentally able to complete this. I can, however, imagine a "gifted" child being able to do this and really enjoying it but because the percentage of truly gifted children is small, I think the publishers/authors really overshot the age recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2010
This book was a big hit with my son. The cutting exercises are all in full color, and when you are done, you have a toy of sorts to play with. Some of the cutting exercises became greeting cards for grandparents. My son insisted on sleeping with, and feeding the blue bird, that one was his favorite. I loved taking the book to church and letting him quietly focus on cutting while I got to listen to the speakers. I will buy this book for all of my children, and I'm glad that I found it with my oldest. A made a video of him doing one of the last exercises when he was 32 months. It's an youtube, here's the link: [...].
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2009
I am so happy with this book that I have decided to buy another one in addition to the More Cutting book.

My daughter is almost 3 and loves to cut anything! This book allows her to cut beautifully colored pages that are small enough for her to hold. The pages also increase in difficultly so that she is not constantly cutting in the same manner.
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