Kids will love these Christmas themed Free Development of Scissor Skills PDF. I needed to make strips that ranged between easy (thicker lines to cut) to a bit more challenging lines and thickness. Preschoolers will love to pretend play as they carve their pumpkins by cutting these strips. These would make a great addition to a cutting exercises for fine motor skills independent tub.
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Cutting with scissors observation
There are some observations to make when you’re watching your students or children develop scissor skills.
The way they hold the scissors is an integral part of their learning.
Have them hold the scissors the right way up. Add a smiley face to the scissors if you want them to see how they are holding it.
These strips are easy to setup. They range between easy strips with thicker lines to a bit more challenging, thinner lines.
The way to use these is to have the thicker lines to start with when kids are learning to use their scissors, then move onto the harder more challenging lines.
Gingerbread cutting strips by line progression.
Scissor Skill Development Activities
It builds fine motor skills and hand strength. Opening and closing scissors help children build up those muscles in their hands which in turn help them write better, draw, handwriting, use cutlery, having a better grasp on things and more.
Why do some children struggle with using scissors?
Some kids use scissors very quickly and they don’t slow down when they are attempting to cut.
Have them actually slow down so that they follow the line with cutting.
Cutting skills for kids is a good way to help them develop their fine motor skills.
It can also teach them how to follow instructions, which is an important life skill.
There are various methods that you can use to teach how to cut. The most common one is cutting paper with scissors. You can also use other materials like foam, construction paper, and cardboard.
How to use these cutting strips
First, I would print out the Santa strips and then instruct the students that they will need to ‘cut Santa’s beard and follow the lines’ to get the best beard cut.
They will then pick a strip (again, choose the set that is easiest to begin with) and then they will follow the line to cut the strip. They continue this until all the strips are cut.
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Development of Scissor Skills Santa Beard
This file contains 2 different sets of cutting strips (they all make the same image). They are designed by line progression to help kids maximise their learning and gradually develop their small finger muscles.
Comes in blacklines. You can choose to print on colored cardstock however.
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