Cutting is such an important skill for preschoolers! Cutting with scissors develops fine motor skills important for writing and manipulating objects. Also kids, including my five year old twins, often love cutting! I created a free Preschool Cutting Workbook full of various cutting activities for my preschoolers and for yours!
Scissor skills are more important for kids than I realized initially. Cutting develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in preschoolers. When cutting, children hold the paper with one hand and cut with the other, using each side of the body to perform different tasks. Using each side of the body for a different task is called bilateral coordination.
What types of activities are in the free Preschool Cutting Workbook?
The free Preschool Cutting Workbook is made up of 7 sections, each with a different type of cutting activity.
Table of Contents:
- Straight line cutting
- Wavy line cutting
- Shape cutting
- Cutting along an object
- Cut hair and animal fur
- Cut slices
- Cutting and pasting
Natural Progression of Scissor Skills
Scissor skills take time to develop, and are not fully developed until age 6. Children generally first make small snips, or cuts with just one closure of the scissors. Then, they learn to cut straight lines and wavy lines. Eventually, kids learn to pivot the scissors to cut out shapes. Around age 6, children can often cut out complicated figures.
The activities in this packet focus on many of these stages of scissor skill development, with activities focusing on cutting straight lines, wavy lines, snips of animal fur, and shapes.
My hope is that there is an activity appropriate for each preschooler included in the workbook. It may be the case that a child is ready for some of the activities in the Preschool Cutting Workbook, but not all of them.
Encourage Kids to Hold Scissors Correctly
Parents should encourage kids to hold scissors correctly. My daughter wanted to cut with her thumb on the bottom and index finger on the top of the paper, so I did a little research on this topic.
Kids should hold scissors with their thumb in one hole and middle (and index finger), in the other hole. The thumb should be on top. Additionally, it may be helpful to have them make a “thumbs up” before they start cutting.
Parents should encourage kids to hold the paper off the table with their non-cutting hand.
Supplies Needed for the free Preschool Cutting Workbook
The supplies needed to complete the activities in the preschool cutting workbook are few! All you need are child-safe scissors and glue or a glue stick.
You can find information about choosing the best scissors for your child here.
Furthermore, adult supervision is always necessary while children use scissors.
Terms and Conditions:
By downloading the Free Preschool Math Workbook, you accept these terms and conditions.
- This workbook was created by Hey Kelly Marie to be used for personal and personal classroom use.
- The workbook is copyright protected. © 2020 Hey Kelly Marie and all rights reserved.
- This workbook may not be sold, hosted, stored, or reproduced on any other site or blog.
- Adult supervision should be provided for children’s activities. It is up to the child’s caretakers to determine what is developmentally appropriate and safe for their child. Caretakers have full responsibility for child safety and development.
Get Your Free Preschool Cutting Workbook
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Other resources for preschoolers!
Hey Kelly Marie has several other resources for keeping preschoolers learning and occupied.
Additionally, the Easy Rainbow Craft for Young Kids is easy, fun, and is a great way to practice cutting and gluing. Free printable available!
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