Dot & Cut (Fine Motor & Scissor Skills)

After many moons my preschooler is finally holding the scissors correctly in one hand instead of using both of his hands. This sometimes requires me to remind him but with practice I am sure it will become a natural position.

To encourage this behavior we do various cutting activities, just like today’s dot and cut!

blue spiral

We started out with 4 blank sheets of paper then drew shapes on them. A spiral which my 5 year old dotted with blue paint. The dotting in itself is a fine motor skill because the child has to aim his dots onto the spiral.

I also made a zigzag page.red zigzags

Then an arch way lined page.yellow arches

As well as various size squares.green squares

Once the dots were dry, which the first should be by the time you are done with page 4. We got a scissors out to practice our cutting.

Side note: I couldn’t find the kids smaller scissors for this activity as we are currently packing for a move next week! So my preschooler used a normal sized one. This IS a supervised activity.

The kids will either cut along the lines drawn or from dot to dot which ever is easier and grabs their fancy!cutting to the dots

I particularly love how the spiral came out when cut! PRETTY!spiral cut up

The zigzags look like teeth!zigzag teeth

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Nicolette Roux
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Comments

  1. says

    This is fantastic! I have never seen anything like it. SOO simple, yet I am certain my youngster will have a blast doing this! TY for linking at HomeschoolCreations that’s how I found this post! Love this site btw

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