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Cutting Practice – Vertical Scissor Skills

Cutting Practice – Vertical Scissor Skills

Cutting Practice – Vertical Scissor Skills

Teach your child  fine motor skills while strengthening shoulder and arm muscles with this vertical cutting practice activity. This is super easy to set up, but if you are short on time, I’ve got you covered with a free printable!

A Fun Cutting Practice Activity That Gets Kids on Their Feet!  

This is a fun way to exercise those small muscles in the hands and fingers, while staying active and on your feet! By cutting on a vertical surface, arms and shoulders will be sure to get a good workout too!

I’ll show you how easy it is to create your own vertical scissor cutting practice activity with just construction paper and markers. And don’t forget I also have a free printable you can use too! 

 All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: 

Ages: 

Prep Time: 

Watch the Video to See How to Make the Cutting Practice Activity!

This cutting activity is so easy to make, the most important thing is to make the lines match your child’s skill level. For example, young kids who are just learning how to use scissors should start with straight lines. The more advanced they are, the more complicated the patterns can be! For example, older kids can do loops and swirls!

For the written step-by-step instructions, read on below for more information!

Watch the Video to See How to Make the Cutting Practice Activity!

This cutting activity is so easy to make, the most important thing is to make the lines match your child’s skill level. For example, young kids who are just learning how to use scissors should start with straight lines. The more advanced they are, the more complicated the patterns can be! For example, older kids can do loops and swirls!

For the written step-by-step instructions, read on below for more information!

FREE Printable Version of This Cutting Activity

Grown ups are busy, I get it! That’s why I created a FREE printable version of this cutting activity. Kids can sit at a table and cut along the patterns, or each pattern can be cut out and then taped to the wall for a vertical set up!

If your kids love cutting practice, you have to try our Spoon Salon activity! If your little one is still learning how to hold the scissors in the right way, try our Cutting with Cars activity which encourages thumbs up!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut out a 3-inch wide piece of construction paper, one in each color if you like!

Step 2

Using a marker, draw your preferred patterns on each piece of paper. 

Step 3

Use painter’s tape to attach each strip of paper to the wall, leaving the bottom unattached so your child can grab the paper with their hands.

Step 4

Ask your child to follow the dotted lines with their scissors as they cut.

 

Step 1

Cut out a 3-inch wide piece of construction paper, one in each color if you like!

Step 2

Using a marker, draw your preferred patterns on each piece of paper. 

Step 3

Use painter’s tape to attach each strip of paper to the wall, leaving the bottom unattached so your child can grab the paper with their hands.

Step 4

Ask your child to follow the dotted lines with their scissors as they cut.

Educational Benefits of Developing Scissor Skills

There are lots of things that cutting practice will teach your kids. It’s not just so they can make crafts in school (although that is a benefit for sure!).

Strengthens Hand Muscles: Moving the scissors forces your child to move fingers independently, which strengthens their hand muscles.

Visual Perceptive Skills: This one cutting activity also teaches them directionality. Basically, this means how to follow directions with their hands.

Tripod Grasp: The way they hold the scissors will influence how they hold a pen and pencil, so this is a fantastic precursor for writing skills.

Focus And Attention: As they follow the dotted lines, it will require them to pay close attention to what they are doing. In fact, cutting activities are known to calm children who are feeling hyperactive and need help focusing.

You can continue to do this activity as they become more adept at their scissor skills. Make the patterns more difficult. Create a maze that they have to follow with their scissors. 

Older children can also help out by making cutting mazes for their younger friends and siblings. 

Educational Benefits of Developing Scissor Skills

There are lots of things that cutting with scissors will teach your kids. It’s not just so they can make crafts in school (although that is a benefit for sure!).

Strengthens Hand Muscles: Moving the scissors forces your child to move fingers independently, which strengthens their hand muscles.

Visual Perceptive Skills: This one cutting activity also teaches them directionality. Basically, this means how to follow directions with their hands.

Tripod Grasp: The way they hold the scissors will influence how they hold a pen and pencil, so this is a fantastic precursor for writing skills.

Focus And Attention: As they follow the dotted lines, it will require them to pay close attention to what they are doing. In fact, cutting activities are known to calm children who are feeling hyperactive and need help focusing.

You can continue to do this activity as they become more adept at their scissor skills. Make the patterns more difficult. Create a maze that they have to follow with their scissors. 

Older children can also help out by making cutting mazes for their younger friends and siblings. 

Store-Bought Cutting Activities

Here are my top picks for the best cutting activities you can buy!

Scissor Skills Workbook

This set includes 3 workbooks all about scissor skills. Each book includes a pair of scissors!

Apple Picking Game

This unique game includes magnetic apples that can be picked from the tree using a scooper scissor!

Travel-Size Cutting Book

This small book is packed with scissor skills activities for children as young as 2 years old!

Decorative Scissors

This fun set of scissors comes with 6 designs of patterns for decorating paper crafts!

What’s Next?

Alphabet Painting Activity

Alphabet Painting Activity

Teach Letter Recognition with Alphabet Painting

Teach color and letter recognition with this alphabet painting activity. It encourages fine motor skills development too.

This activity is what I like to call a “super combo.” It teaches so many different skills and all your child thinks they are doing is squirting colorful water on a paper towel. I love it!

This activity takes minimal set up, but it will keep your little one occupied and learning for a nice extended time.

There are three main skills they will be working on  – color matching, letter recognition, and fine motor skills.

Your child has to match the letter to the color. Then, with their pincer grip, they squirt the matching color onto the letter.

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Skills: Alphabet, Fine Motor Skills, Arts & Crafts

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch the Video to See it in Action!

Watch this video and see the alphabet painting project in action. Turn up the volume, you can hear me asking my son to locate the “yellow C” and he correctly squirts the yellow on the C. 

This is also building the blocks of following instructions and communication too.

Watch the Video to See it in Action!

Watch this video and see the alphabet painting project in action. Turn up the volume, you can hear me asking my son to locate the “yellow C” and he correctly squirts the yellow on the C. 

This is also building the blocks of following instructions and communication too.

How to Make an Alphabet Painting Activity

Here’s how to set up your own activity. It literally takes just a few minutes.  

Want to keep the fun times going? Write out shapes or numbers on other paper towels. This activity can also help teach preschoolers sight words.

You can use paintbrushes instead of droppers if that’s what you have – they both work just as well as each other.

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use washable markers to write letters, numbers, or sight words, on an absorbent paper towel.

Step 2

Color water with liquid watercolor or food coloring to match the colors you used on the paper towel. I like liquid watercolor because you get more bang for your buck, the colors are deeply rich, and they are washable!

 

Step 3

Place the paper towel inside a deep serving tray.

Step 4

Instruct your child to use a dropper (or paintbrush) to squirt the colored water on the matching letter or number.  

Step 1

Use washable markers to write letters, numbers, or sight words, on an absorbent paper towel.

Step 2

Color water with liquid watercolor or food coloring to match the colors you used on the paper towel. I like liquid watercolor because you get more bang for your buck, the colors are deeply rich, and they are washable!

Step 3

Place the paper towel inside a deep serving tray.

Step 4

Instruct your child to use a dropper (or paintbrush) to squirt the colored water on the matching letter or number.

Educational Benefits of Alphabet Painting

There are so many things your child is learning as they play this activity with you. Here are the main things they are learning – and it’s all while having fun! 

#1 Fine Motor Skills

As your child grabs the dropper and squeezes it to release the colored water, they are strengthening their pincer muscles. These are needed for proper writing and other skills like tying their shoes and working zippers.

They can grow this skill when they use a paintbrush too.

#2 Letter Recognition

As you ask your child, “show me the red D” they are able to identify each letter in the alphabet. You can take this a step further and write out both uppercase and lowercase letters so they can begin recognizing both cases.

#3 Color Recognition

This activity also helps your child match the color of the letter with the colors in the droppers. If you have a really young child that is still learning how to speak, ask them to repeat after you. Repetition helps your child learn how to say the colors.

#4 Color Mixing Artwork

This is a wonderful art activity too. As your child squirts the colors on the paper towel, the colors are going to mix and create new shades and hues. As this happens, ask your child to tell you which two colors mixed and what the new color is. Dry the paper towel overnight and enjoy the tie dye-like artwork!

Educational Benefits of Alphabet Painting

There are so many things your child is learning as they play this activity with you. Here are the main things they are learning – and it’s all while having fun! 

#1 Fine Motor Skills

As your child grabs the dropper and squeezes it to release the colored water, they are strengthening their pincer muscles. These are needed for proper writing and other skills like tying their shoes and working zippers.

They can grow this skill when they use a paintbrush too.

#2 Letter Recognition

As you ask your child, “show me the red D” they are able to identify each letter in the alphabet. You can take this a step further and write out both uppercase and lowercase letters so they can begin recognizing both cases.

#3 Color Recognition

This activity also helps your child match the color of the letter with the colors in the droppers. If you have a really young child that is still learning how to speak, ask them to repeat after you. Repetition helps your child learn how to say the colors.

#4 Color Mixing Artwork

This is a wonderful art activity too. As your child squirts the colors on the paper towel, the colors are going to mix and create new shades and hues. As this happens, ask your child to tell you which two colors mixed and what the new color is. Dry the paper towel overnight and enjoy the tie dye-like artwork!

Store-Bought Alphabet Activities

Here are my top picks for activities that will help your children recognize letters in the alphabet.

Alphabet Popsicle Match 

This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

Alphabet Maze 

This wooden board is not only great for learning the alphabet while matching the letters, but also fantastic for fine motor skills!

Alphabet Magnets 

Magnetic letters are such a fun classic! Kids love sticking the colorful magnets – encourage them to pull out specific letters

Alphabet Puzzle 

This handmade wooden puzzle is beautifully crafted with the option to include a peg which is great for babies and young toddlers!

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