As a parent, you are likely always on the lookout for fun and educational activities to do with your preschool-aged child. This super fun preschool cutting activity is perfect for this age group!
One activity that is both fun and helps develop important fine motor skills is cutting out shapes. And what could be cuter than making koala shapes with your little one?
Preschoolers will love to pretend play as they cut their ‘koala’ strips. These would make a great addition to an easy cutting worksheets independent tub.
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Scissor Skills Activities PDF
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.
Here are some tips and ideas for creating a successful preschool cutting activity with these koala shapes.
Some children are still working on holding the scissors, so it’s essential we don’t make it more difficult for them to learn how to use the scissors.
These super easy cutting cards feature cutting lines that progress from easy to harder more curved lines.
Gather your materials To get started, you will need some materials.
Get this printable pack at the end of this post!
You will also need some child-safe scissors, colored paper, glue, and some markers or crayons.
Free Printable Scissor Practice turkey themed strips
Practice scissor skills Before diving into the koala shapes, it’s a good idea to have your child practice using the scissors.
You can provide them with some scrap paper and encourage them to cut along straight lines or make snips in the paper.
Cutting activities for 3 year olds
Trace and cut out the koala shapes Using the koala shape templates, have your child trace the shapes onto the colored paper.
Then, they can practice cutting out the shapes along the lines.
It’s important to supervise your child during this activity to ensure they are using the scissors safely.
They can also color in the koala’s and shapes.
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Decorate the koalas Once the koalas are cut out, your child can use markers or crayons to decorate them.
Encourage your child to be creative and add their own personal touch to each koala.
Glue the koalas onto a larger piece of paper (the poster shown in the pack).
Finally, your child can glue their koalas onto a larger piece of paper to create a cute and colorful koala scene.
You can also have them practice their writing skills by labeling each koala with their name or a fun fact about koalas.
Why are cutting skills important for 3 year olds?
Cutting skills are an essential fine motor skill that preschoolers should learn as they grow and develop.
By the age of 3, children are usually ready to start practicing their cutting skills, and this skill has many benefits for their development.
Here are some reasons why cutting skills are important for 3-year-olds:
Fine motor development: Cutting requires the use of small muscles in the hands and fingers, which helps develop fine motor skills.
Fine motor skills are essential for tasks such as writing, drawing, and self-care activities like buttoning clothes and tying shoes.
Hand-eye coordination: Cutting requires hand-eye coordination, which means that children need to use their eyes to guide their hands when cutting.
This skill helps develop spatial awareness and visual-motor skills, which are important for many everyday activities.
Cognitive development: Cutting involves planning and problem-solving, which helps develop cognitive skills.
Children need to plan where to cut, how to hold the scissors, and how to move their hands to cut in a straight line.
These skills help children develop their ability to think logically and solve problems.
Preschool Cutting Activity
This file contains 2 different sets of cutting strips (they all make the same image).
They are designed by shape 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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