Basic Cutting Activities

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These easy cutting activities are designed to give your child lots of practice in mastering scissor cutting.

They are designed for children who have already learned to use scissors but need lots of practice to cut on lines and to cut out shapes.

If your child cannot yet cut with scissors, please make use of these pages to teach your child and to have your questions answered.

Make sure your child is cutting with appropriate scissors, and preferably on paper that is about double regular thickness.

Use the quick links below to jump to different sections on this page. Or simply scroll down to read my whole page!

Straight Line Cutting Activities

Be creative and give your child lots and lots of practice cutting on thick straight lines.

Use the straight lines on the free template to carry out these activities.

Staple or tape the lines together to make a good old-fashioned paper chain, or a paper flower.

Or try a paper lantern or simple paper decorations.

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Cutting Circles And Spirals

Spider Cutting Activity

Add a circle to 8 lines.

Stick or staple them together to make a spider.

Add some string to the middle to make a dangly spider.

Caterpillar Cutting Activity

Cut 5 or 6 circles and stick them together to make a caterpillar.

Stick the "head" circle a little higher than the rest and give it a smiley face. Add pipe cleaner feelers.

Add little pipe cleaner legs to the first segment ( I folded 3 short sections in half and pushed them through three little holes).

Spiral Snakes

Spiral snakes are so much fun!

You can draw a spiral on a paper plate, or use a free download from here (opens in new window).

Please note: for a left handed child, the spiral needs to go the other way!

How to make a "leftie" snake: Stick the snake to the window and trace the outline on the back of the paper to get a snake with the spiral going the other way.

When you give it to your left handed child, make sure he/she cuts out the spiral on the BACK of the paper.

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Cutting Simple Shapes

Use the free cutting template to cut out triangles and squares.

Then try these creations!

Build a house!
Create a Rocket!
Make a Fir Tree!

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More Advanced Cutting

Your child needs to practice manipulating the scissors around internal corners (such as hearts and stars).

Cutting out smaller pieces and/or on a thinner line is also challenging, as it requires more careful control of the scissors.

Ask your child to cut out groceries from a supermarket flyer to make a shopping list!

Look for activities with thinner lines, on normal-thickness paper, and with "interesting" angles and corners. I link to some in my "related pages" section below.

You can also try these simple kirigami ideas with older kids! (opens to a different site in a new window)

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Free Cutting Template

My free download contains the printable cutting templates for thick straight lines, circles, squares, triangles and a house cutting activity.

You are welcome to tell others about it, but please link to this cutting activities page and not directly to the template itself.

You can download my free cutting template by clicking here. (1MB)

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Related Pages On My Site

Teach Your Child How To Use Scissors

Photographed guidelines that will help you teach your child how to open and close scissors and how to cut effectively on the line.

Scissor Cutting FAQ

Helpful tips and answers to your scissor cutting questions, including the difference between left handed and right handed scissors!

Scissor Skills E-Book

All my scissor cutting information and tips in an easily accessible e-book download, with a bonus cutting template!

Click on the images below to see more cutting resources on my site!

Or pop over to PFOT to view their range of scissors and other cutting resources. (Affiliate link - opens in a new page/window)

Thank you for visiting my site! I hope you found these cutting activities useful for your child!

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