Inside: Strengthen preschool scissor skills with these fun activities that go way beyond worksheets. Cut lines, play dough, flowers, paper, straws, and more! Perfect for the kitchen table or in the classroom.
Right around the age of 2 and 3, parents wonder if their children are ready to use scissors.
They ask for easy cutting activities that don’t require a lot of materials.
That can be done at the kitchen table, or at a small child’s desk.
So I went searching for a variety of scissor skills activities that go beyond worksheets.
Activities that young children will enjoy and want to do over and over again.
And if you are looking for even more scissor skills activities, scroll down to find the link to a new eBook, A Year of Scissor Activities. This amazing resource will guide you all year long with ways to work on your child’s cutting skills!
10 Awesome Activities to Strengthen Preschool Scissor Skills
- Printable Preschool Cutting Busy Box – For a quick table activity, display these colorful strips and allow toddlers to practice cutting on the lines. (Fun with Mama)
- Make a Sun – Toddlers will practice small snips, cutting until a stopping point with these bright summer suns. (A Dab of Glue Will Do)
- Rainbow Straw Scissor Skills – This colorful bin creates a simple and fun sensory cutting activity for toddlers to snip pieces of straws. (Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails)
- Nature Cutting Tray – Allow your toddlers to practice cutting new textures with this cutting station of flowers, plants, and other nature materials. (Munchkins and Moms)
- Paper Bag Haircuts – Toddlers will love giving these paper bag puppets “haircuts”, tying dramatic play into strengthening their fine motor skills. (Crafts on Sea)
- Magazine Shape Hunt and Sort – Recycle your old magazines by having your preschoolers search for, cut out, and sort the shapes that they find on the pages. (Fun Learning for Kids)
- Learning to Use Scissors – For very young toddlers with limited fine motor skills, play-doh makes a great introductory cutting material paired with plastic play scissors. (Kids Activities Blog)
- Easy Apple Suncatchers – Practice snipping smaller pieces of paper by creating these cute apple suncatchers. (Crafts on Sea)
- Fine Motor Lantern Craft – Before young toddlers are fully able to control scissors, starting them out with hole punchers is a great way to strengthen small hands. (The OT Toolbox)
- Name Art – Toddlers will cut out tiny papers and glue them over the lines of their name to practice both scissor skills and name recognition. (Splish Splash Splatter)
A Year of Scissor Activities!
If you are looking for more ways to teach preschool scissor skills, you’ve got to check this out!
40+ Scissor Skill Activities to begin teaching toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.
Each month has three activities to choose from, ranging from beginning projects to more advanced cutting skill activities, allowing parents to begin teaching any learner at any time of the year.
To learn exactly what is in this book, check it out here: A Year of Scissor Activities
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