A 30-minute parent and child class introducing scissor skills. Ages 2 to 3.5. The kids love it and it’s a great price. Go ahead and sign up even if you’ve never let your child touch scissors before.
14.50 for 4 sessions
Henderson Multigenerational Center
250 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Parking is often more time-consuming at the Multigenerational Center. Plan extra time. The parking on the north side of the building is for the outdoor pool, so if you are going inside park on the south side of the building. You can access the entrance from the pool lot, but it is farther and there are stairs. The parking spots in the middle section of the south lot and closer to the entrance are only 12-minute parking (look for the signs). If you can’t find a spot, park in the additional lot to the east.
When we arrive the children sit at tables to practice fine motor skills. They use tongs to move blocks around, and use these grabbers to move mini plastic cherries from one basket to the other. Then we all meet on the rug and talk about rules before the real scissors come out. The kids use safety scissors to cut lines on a paper, to cut straws, and different cutting activities. The caregiver is expected to sit on the floor with the child between their legs to coach and supervise. Stamps for everyone at the end, of course. This class was not offered over the summer in 2016.
WHAT TO TAKE
I easily take my stroller to the Multigenerational Center.
Kyler (2) got really into the activity tables and wasn’t always interested in moving right away to the real scissors, but that was okay. Once he did move to the scissors, he was really into it. He was very good and learned quickly. Now he loves to cut everything.
WHAT WE LIKED
It was a fairly unstructured environment, which usually works best for us. Several of us also had younger (baby) siblings in tow, and the teacher was very good about helping the toddlers with the cutting when our arms were full.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
WILL WE GO AGAIN
The class isn’t being offered this season (summer), but we would do it again in the future. However, after a second time through the class we would probably be done because you can only learn so much about how to use scissors, and my little guy has pretty much got it down.