Learning to use scissors is a tricky task for little hands, but it’s really excellent for developing strength and coordination. There are tons of ways to use recycled paper and magazines for cutting activities but for this post I’ve pulled together 10 free packs from around the ‘net that cover a range of skills levels. They’re all ready for you to print and use!
Before you start with your cutting activities, make sure your child is using scissors that are appropriate for their age and talk to them about how to use, hold and carry scissors safely.
If you’re not sure about how to get your child started with scissors have a look at 7 Fun Tips for Learning to Use Scissors from Paging Fun Moms. She has some great ideas!
1. Cut and Paste ABC’s: Straight and curved lines from Creative Homeschool. Each capital letter is included.
2. 10-page Scissor Skills Pack: Straight and curved lines and shapes from Mama’s Learning Corner. The download link is at the bottom of the post.
3. Cut it Out! Pack for Spring: Straight, curved and zig zag lines plus shapes from This Reading Mama. She also has free packs for other seasons and holidays.
4. My Scissor Skills Workbook: Straight and curved lines from Twinkl. You’ll need to sign up to download, but it’s free and they have TONS of resources!
5. Dinosaur Cutting: 2 pages of straight, curved and zigzag lines from Busy Little Bugs.
6. Construction Truck Cutting Practice Sheets: 2 pages of straight, curved and zigzag lines from Makeovers and Motherhood.
7. Free Cutting Practice Strips: 13 pages of straight, curved and zigzag lines from Royal Baloo.
8. Butterfly Shapes Symmetry: 6 colour and 6 black and white butterflies plus shapes to cut out and place symmetrically on the other wings. From KidSparks at her TpT store.
9. Gingerbread Man Cut and Paste: from Moms Have Questions Too
10. Montessori-Style Cutting Box with Printable Patterns: 8 patterns to download including straight and curved lines and spirals from Ang At Home.
What’s your favourite cutting activity? Let us know in the comments!
I wish you happy teaching and learning!