After letting Erik attempt using scissors for the first time while we were at Explora, I realized that we need to do more work on his fine motor skills/strength. One of the BEST ways to do this is to play with play dough. We made up a batch of dough (and I do mean WE, let your little one help with the whole process!) and pulled out some toys and I let him go to town with it. He poked it and squeezed it and cut it with different toys/cookie cutters. He rolled it between his hands and made lots of little "snakes". He played and played until it was time to put it away and eat lunch, and has loved it just as much each time I've pulled it out since then too.