Scissor Cutting Activities

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These fun scissor cutting activities can help your child to grow in confidence and master cutting with scissors.

Each of the resources I have chosen provide templates and instructions for scissor cutting activities where your child is making something specific and has a tangible end product!

No more mindless cutting where you just end up with a pile of cut-up paper!

I have arranged these printable downloads more or less in order of challenge. Just click on the quick links to jump to each title on this page!

Honesty Point: I am an affiliate for Your Therapy Source, who created these recources.  I personally use their resources. If you decide to purchase one of their printables below, I will receive a small commission which helps support my site.

Cut, Create and Play

This e-book is designed for beginner cutters who are just getting the hang of scissors.

It gives them a good graded challenge with a variety of scissor cutting activities (23 activities total).

Cut, Create and Play  - Scissor cutting printable resource

The book starts with a couple of snipping activities and then moves on to a wide variety of straight line/square cutting activities. (The lines are not very thick, though.)

A few activities towards the end have smaller pieces and triangles to cut as well.

There is a mini book template to help your child create his/her own mini book, or use the carnival theme one that they provide.

Cut, Create and Play - a moving picture activityA moving picture activity
Cut, Create and Play - make a crownCutting out a crown

Some of the pages have color backgrounds, so we were not able to print those out decently without a color printer. However, the remaining black and white ones, and the ones with just small amounts of color on them still made this e-book worth getting.

We just added our own color with felt tip markers or crayons before cutting.

I recommend printing on thin cardstock or thick paper for best results.

Just $4.99! (Or get it in the Scissor Bundle at a 30% discount)

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Scissor cutting activities with a difference!

These activities are also good for visual and spatial perception skills!

Tangrams for Kids - a scissor cutting printable resource

In this e-book, kids get to cut out their own tangram pieces and then arrange them to build the tangram pictures.

What is special is the texture/color/interest that has been added to each tangram picture, so the end result is attractive.

Your child basically just needs to cut on straight lines to cut out the various shapes, but the lines are quite thin and the shapes are not large, so it is a bit too advanced for a total beginner.

Tangrams for Kids - graded activitiesCompilation image of 4 full sized pages
Tangrams for Kids - whale tangramCompleted whale tangram (on a full A4 page)

There are 10 tangrams to build, and each has 3 levels of difficulty.

I made a compilation image above to show you the 4 full sized pages that you would print out for the whale tangram, showing the three levels of difficulty.

  • First, there is the colored tangram which needs to be cut out.
  • Then there is a blank background (with just the waves) which is the hardest option - the child needs to build the whale with no outline.
  • Then there is an outline of the whale, which is a bit easier, as the child can try and fit the tangram pieces into the space (spatial perception).
  • The easiest option is the last one, where the outline of each shape in the whale is shown, and the child just has to match the shapes (visual discrimination and position in space skills).

Printing: I would recommend color printing to make the most of the beautiful pictures you can create. However, you can make do with black and white, as I did.

We don't have a color printer at home, so I printed the background with the outline on blue paper, and the whale on white paper (it came out grey, which was cool) and the end result is still attractive. Most, but not all, of the tangrams could be done in black and white in this way.

Just $4.99! (Or get it in the Scissor Bundle at a 30% discount)

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Cut And Fold - My Top Pick!

This is an awesome resource for rainy vacation days!

My kids thoroughly enjoyed doing these scissor cutting activities on our own rainy vacation!

Cut and Fold - Scissor cutting printable resource

I would recommend this for kindergarten or first grade and up (depending on your child's cutting skills) - younger kids will also need some help to fold accurately.

Just make enough copies for ALL the kids in your family, as they might all want to make every craft (there are 15)!

Many of the activities are still "cool enough" to appeal to an older child (eg third to fifth grader) who needs to practice cutting neatly.

Cut and Fold - Cellphone cutting activity
Cut and Fold - Jack in the Box activity
Cut and Fold - paper plane activity

Most of the activities have both a color and a black/white version, which I totally appreciate for my black/white printer. Fun for your kids to add their own color before cutting out.

I recommend printing on thin cardstock or thick paper for best results - with the exception of the jet plane and the stationery pages, which do nicely with regular thickness paper.

If you plan to use this on a vacation, just be sure to pack paste/glue and some sticky tape to help put them together.

Just $4.99! (Included in the Scissor Bundle at a 30% discount!)

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If you are looking for ways to motivate an older child (say 3rd grade and up) to work on cutting more carefully, and to work at cutting neatly on lines, then these kirigami scissor cutting activities may do the trick!

Kirigami is the art of cutting and folding paper and these simple activities are great for kids.

Kirigami for Kids - Scissor cutting printable resource

There are 5 different types of kirigami activities (from paper chains that work without staples or tape, to animals).

Each type of activity has a range of different designs for your child to choose from (eg there are 6 different animals to cut out). There are also a few "design your own" options.

Kirigami for kids - paper chain activityPrinted black/white on color paper.
Kirigami for kids activitiesSome of what we were able to do without a color printer.

These are mostly full color pictures as you can see from the cover photo, which is tricky if you don't have a color printer, like me!

Some of the pictures can be printed in black and white on color paper, and turned over to the plain side for display. (as you can see above). We added some color with crayons and felt tip before cutting.

However, a lot of the large color pages (especially the animals) don't come out as nicely in black and white, which is a pity!

Just $4.99!

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Scissor Cutting Activities Bundle Deal!


  • Cut, Create and Play
  • Cut and Fold
  • Tangrams for Kids

Only $10.47!

(Actual Value $14.97)

Scissor Skills Bundle deal

This fun bundle will help children work on their scissor cutting skills with a variety of different, creative activities.Once purchased, you can reprint the resources as often as you need to, for use with your family, class or therapy clients.

An effective 30% discount on individual titles!

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Helping Kids Who Struggle With Scissor Cutting

Below is my own bundle of scissor cutting activities and instructions, which I designed to help kids who were struggling with scissor skills.

Most of my templates have thicker lines than the ones above, and are ideal for kids who need a little more help with scissor cutting. Lovely end products!

scissor skills and cutting templates bundle deal

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How These Printable Downloads Work:

You are allowed to print as many copies as you need for the children in your family, classroom or therapy room, so they are great value for money. I have tried all these e-books myself and believe they are well worth the tiny investment if you want to improve your child's  skills. I have negotiated exclusive bundle deals just for my OT Mom readers.

When you click on the "Add to Cart" buttons, you will be taken to Your Therapy Source's shopping cart.  Once your order is complete, pay for it and then you will receive download links for the e-books, which come in PDF format. Save them to your PC and then print out the pages as and when you need them.

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