Cutting Activities...
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These easy cutting activities will give your child lots of practice in developing his fine motor skills.

Being able to cut well with scissors is a vital preschool, kindergarten and elementary school skill. As an occupational therapist and homeschooling mom, I offer you these fun learning activities to help your child learn to cut well!

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How scissor cutting skills develop

"Cutting out" involves two completely separate skills:

  • learning to use scissors... and then...
  • learning how to cut out on a line

It is best to teach these skills separately!

Make sure you read this article on scissor cutting before proceeding with the cutting activities suggested below, to ensure your child starts on the right level and with the correct scissor grasp.

Please ensure your child uses blunt-nosed scissors suitable for his age group!

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If your child struggles to get a good cutting motion, start by cutting strips and make a collage picture with the strips. Then try the scissor cutting activities suggested below.

Cutting on thick straight lines is the easiest to start with, then progress to cutting circles, then simple shapes such as squares and triangles. These activities can be done by children from Preschool to Grade 1, depending on their abilities.

Shirley offers a lovely leaf craft cutting activity which is suitable for children who have just mastered the art of scissor cutting.

scissor cutting decorating activityYou can cut out on color paper to stick onto a plain background, or you can find ways of decorating plain paper lines and shapes with patterns and crayon rubbings. Painting over crayon patterns with a diluted food-coloring solution makes a pretty change.
Scissor cutting flower activityCut 8-10 lines and staple loops together to make this pretty flower.
scissor cutting activity - paper chainsStaple or tape loops together to make a colourful paper chain to brighten up a room or as a party decoration.
scissor cutting spider activityFor a spider, you need a circle (with a face drawn on it) and 9 lines.
scissor cutting activity spiderAfter stapling the legs to the circle, bend each leg near the top and the bottom to make joints and feet. Stick or staple a strip in the centre of the face to make a strand of “web” by which your child can dangle the spider.
scissor cutting activity – hungry caterpillarUse 5-6 circles to make a caterpillar, and decorate the head with a smiley face and pipe-cleaner feelers. We added small pipe-cleaners to make 6 legs on the first segment.
scissor cutting activity fire truckTwo rectangles and two circles can make a truck – in this case we added a ladder to make a fire truck.
scissor cutting activity houseAn easy picture with a triangle and a square. We drew the chimney and added smoke for more texture.
Scissor cutting activity house windowsDraw some simple windows for your child to cut out, to add to the challenge.
Scissor cutting activity - fruitOnce your child can manage simple shapes, progress to more complicated ones, like this fruit activity.

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