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Use this Christmas tree cutting activity to let your child practice cutting out triangles. Decorating the completed trees is another way to include fine motor skills in this activity.
Scissors for your child
Glue to paste the shapes together
Decorations (eg stickers, or small pieces of crepe paper to crumple)
Template printed on cardstock:
Most of the photos for this Christmas tree cutting activity show the black and white template which has been colored in, as this was my child's choice. But the same cutting technique applies for all the templates!
Have your child color in the shapes if desired.
We are working on wrist extension by doing this on a wall.
Separate the shapes to make it easier for your child to handle the paper when cutting them out.
I simply cut the paper into 2 sections.
Have your child cut out the shapes.
Remember to make sure your child uses the scissors correctly and goes around the paper correctly.
See this page for more tips to help your child cut well.
My child was able to tackle the smaller shapes, but you may need to assist with the star, or leave it out altogether.
If making a hanging tree, stick the pieces together as shown.
Thread some ribbon or thread through the top of the tree and hang it up!
If making a tree to paste on a page, assemble the pieces as shown.
I preferred a darker background, but my child chose white!
Outline the tree with a crayon - this works on visual-motor integration as your child traces around the tree.
Cut crepe paper into small strips (see how to cut the strips quickly and easily)
Use the tripod fingers to crumple the crepe paper into small balls. (This is explained in detail on my finger exercises page.)
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If your child struggled with this Christmas tree cutting activity, try my scissor skills and cutting templates resources to help your child develop better scissor skills.
Do you want to give your child more scissor cutting practice using a Christmas theme? Are you struggling to find good scissor cutting templates?
OT Mom’s nativity-themed Christmas cutting templates will give your child lots of cutting practice with lovely end products to build your child’s confidence!
There are 17 different scissor cutting crafts, all with photographed instructions and a variety of templates - over 40 templates in all!
Suitable for a range of skills - from preschoolers who are just learning to use scissors, all the way to early elementary kids who need more practice with their scissor skills.
Starting with simple snipping activities, the templates will enable your child to learn to cut on straight lines and then to cut out shapes.
All the activities are photographed so you and your child can see what you are working towards!
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