Kids will love these fun themed Earth Day Cutting Activities paper strips and recycling craft. 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 cut the paper strips based on the lined forms and then place them into the recycling bin to build their craft.
As Earth Day approaches, it is important to educate children about the importance of taking care of our planet.
These would make a great addition to an easy cutting worksheets independent tub.
I love sharing all things fine motor on this page right here. See over 50+ free activities and printables for developing pincer grasp skills here.
One way to do this is through engaging and fun activities that also promote cutting skills and creativity.
In this blog post, we will explore some Earth Day cutting activities and a simple recycling craft that teachers can use to teach their students about recycling and caring for the environment.
Earth Day Cutting Activities
There are so many scissor and cutting worksheets available on the internet.
I find that I continuously need cutting sheets or cards that are easier for kids to see the lines to cut.
What are some ways to help preschoolers develop scissor skills?
Provide safety scissors: Preschoolers need scissors that are safe and easy to handle.
You can choose scissors with rounded tips and plastic blades, which will not cut hair, clothing, or skin.
I have so many more scissor skill printables and crafts on this blog. Check out these Minion hair cutting strip templates.
- Earth Day Cutting Activities:
Cutting is an important fine motor skill that children need to develop as they grow.
What better way to practice this skill than with Earth Day cutting activities?
These activities are not only fun but also help children develop their cutting skills.
Here are some cutting activities you can use in your classroom.
These free printable templates are available at the end of this post.
How to work on scissor skills daily
Demonstrate the proper technique:
Show children how to hold the scissors properly, with their thumb in the small hole and their fingers in the larger one.
Demonstrate how to open and close the scissors by squeezing and releasing.
Provide different materials to cut:
Provide children with a variety of materials to cut such as paper, straws, or play dough.
This will help them practice different scissor skills.
Provide guidelines: Provide guidelines or dotted lines on paper, so children have a clear idea of where to cut. You can also draw shapes for them to cut out.
Offer praise and encouragement:
Encourage preschoolers to use their scissors and offer praise for their efforts.
This will help them develop their confidence in using the scissors.
Supervise their activities:
Always supervise children while they are using scissors, to ensure their safety and to provide assistance if needed.
Make it fun:
Incorporate fun activities like cutting out pictures for a collage or creating paper chains, to make scissor skills practice more enjoyable.
Earth Day Scissor Skill Activities
These printable templates are super easy to work with.
Just be sure to print out the strips you’d like to use with your kids.
There are simpler templates with straight lines and strips that gradually get harder.
Place the strips in a container on your table for the kids to choose as they cut.
Be sure to have a template of the recycling bin for each child.
They will then paste their strips onto the paper.
Be sure to give them directions to paste the strips on the paper in a small location.
Then, they will place the recycling bin on top so that it looks like the paper strips are inside.
This activity is similar to an earth day collage.
Earth Day Collage:
In this activity, children will cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers that represent different aspects of the environment, such as trees, animals, and water bodies.
They will then paste these pictures on a large piece of paper to create an Earth Day collage.
This activity not only promotes cutting skills but also teaches children about the different components of our environment and how they are interconnected.
Free Printable Scissor Practice turkey themed strips
Earth Day Cutting Activities
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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Here are some more earth day cutting ideas for arts and crafts.
Earth Day Mobile craft
In this activity, children will cut out different shapes and sizes of Earth and nature-themed pictures.
They will then attach these pictures to a string and hang them from a coat hanger to create an Earth Day mobile.
This activity promotes cutting skills, creativity, and encourages children to think about the beauty of nature.
Simple Recycling Craft
Recycling is an important part of taking care of our planet. Children can learn about recycling through a simple recycling craft. Here is a craft you can do with your students:
Egg Carton Flower Pots
In this craft, children will use egg cartons to make flower pots.
First, cut the cups out of the egg carton and paint them in different colors.
Then, fill the cups with soil and plant seeds or small plants.
This craft not only promotes recycling but also teaches children about the growth of plants and the importance of taking care of the environment.