There was a time...long long ago...that kindergarten students had a good working knowledge of using scissors & liquid glue. Those days are no more, and it is up to us as SUPER ART EDUCATORS to teach our youngest artists how to use these tools of the trade. As a way of introducing new media & tools, I keep the kinder-artists' projects very simple. Sticking with simple shapes, and not giving them unlimited choices of paper will allow for you keep the main thing the main thing!!
For scissors I teach my kids to play follow the leader. The scissors are the leader....and their other hand follows behind hold thing paper as they cut. The leader is always in front & the other hand never gets in the leader's way. For glue I do the ever popular....DOT DOT NOT A LOT! I also teach my students that the orange part of the bottle ALWAYS touches the paper when they apply glue. I also teach them to scribble scrabble the glue out once they've done the dots so it is a thin & spread out layer of glue. YOU WILL ALWAYS....ALWAYS....have those students that you need to reposition their hands holding their scissors. YOU WILL ALWAYS.....ALWAYS.....have students that use too much glue. That is life as an elementary SUPER ART EDUCATOR!!! They will get it...eventually.
HOPE YOU LIKE THEIR TURTLES!!