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!
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.
Then an arch way lined page.
As well as various size 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!
I particularly love how the spiral came out when cut! PRETTY!
The zigzags look like teeth!
Pin this Dot & Cut for later
Other great cutting resources to check out:
- The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Activities for Preschoolers from LalyMom
- Learning to Use Scissors from Craftulate
- I love Happy Hooligans scissor holding tip! So cute.
Need some more fine motor ideas?
Check out what my co-hosts have been up to this week!
- Five Green and Speckled Frogs Fine Motor Activity from Craftulate
- Mini Sensory Bins For Fine Motor Skills And Play from Little Bins For Little Hands
- Fine Motor Feather Play from House of Burke
- A is for Apple CUT-punch-PASTE Craft from Lalymom
- Flubber Sensory Play with Fine Motor Skills from Still Playing School