Kids will love these pumpkin themed free printable cutting strips. 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 fall cutting practice free independent tub.
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Fall cutting practice free
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.
Add these strips to your fall pincer grasp activities, I share many more right on this page here.
Why are cutting skills important?
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.
You can get them tracing lines first before they attempt to cut them.
I also find these visuals so helpful.
I love to include all kinds of cutting printables and practice. Here is a super fun FREE set I found on TPT by the Rainbow Academy.
Here’s another super cute one from Early Childhood on TPT too.
How to hold scissors guide
I like to show a visual of how to hold scissors, often with kids they don’t really know how, unless you show them a visual along with copying what they see you do.
Here’s a free resource from Miss Molly Makes which is perfect if you want to include a visual or a poster.
How to use these cutting strips
First, I would print out the pumpkin strips and then instruct the students that they will. Need to carve their pumpkins this morning.
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.
More fine motor activities you might like:
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You can print these on orange paper or black and white is fine too. You can even have the kids color in their pumpkins before they cut them.
See some free pre-writing strokes here which are super helpful for kids to practice their pencil grip too.
Cutting paper montessori printable
These cutting printables are so easy to prep and use. The best part is they can be used throughout fall and repeated throughout the weeks.
Once you feel that the kids can do the cutting correctly along the lines with the thicker strips, then you can challenge them with the thinner ones.
Free Printable Cutting Strips Pumpkin
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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