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Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! Check out the printable version!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! 

Multi-Step Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

What I love about this activity is that it is multiple activities all in one to keep kids busy and engaged longer!

The kids can start off by drawing and creating a rainbow. Once drawn, they can then help cut out strips of rain and clouds to cover up the rainbow. And finally, they can cut away the rain to reveal their rainbow! If you have multiple kids, or a classroom, it would be fun to switch papers to have the sibling or classmate do the big reveal!

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How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

Get the Free Printable Version for This Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

We wanted to make things extra easy for you with a free printable version of this activity! Just print, cut along the dotted lines, and tape for a super quick activity to set up for your preschoolers!

In addition to the rainbow discovery, the printable set includes 2 other scenes to have kids uncover – dolphins hiding behind seagrass and ladybugs hiding behind grass!

For more printable resources to help with scissor skills, be sure to check out our Cut the Patterns and Scissor Skills Haircuts worksheets!

And to see all our printable resources including lots of freebies, visit our Printable Shop

Materials
Step-by-Step Instructions 
Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable! 

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!
Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Store-Bought Scissor Skills Activities

Here are my top picks for scissor skill products 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?

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

girl playing with diy zipper board

This DIY zipper board is an easy-to-make life skill activity for toddlers. It’s such a fun way for kids to learn how to zip up and down! Keep on reading to find the simple instructions on how to make one yourself!

A Life Skill Activity for Learning How to Zip and Unzip

Life skills are exactly what they sound like – skills that we will use throughout the course of our life! There are a lot of life skills that kids can start practicing at an early age – zipping, buttoning, cutting, washing, brushing – to name a few!

And this zipper board has the zipping and unzipping category covered! 

Learning practical life skills like this at an early age not only allow kids to be independent, but can also provide grown ups relief by allowing their kids the opportunity to learn to dress themselves!

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Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

girl playing with diy zipper board

Tips for Creating This DIY Zipper Board

Colorful Set of Zippers. It is not necessary at all to have all of these colors, however it is a great opportunity to talk about colors during the activity to build on language development and vocabulary!

Glue. When gluing down the zippers make sure you keep the glue as far away as possible to the zipper itself. If it gets inside the zipper, it will be really tricky to zip it up and down without it getting stuck in the dried glue!

Cardboard. This is definitely a fun activity to save cardboard for! Cardboard is such a great DIY resource for kids activities since it is durable and basically free (if you get as many packages as we do!).

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

 

Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills
    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    Top Picks for Strengthening Practical Life Skills

    Here are some great gifts for continuing to strengthen practical life skills!

    fabric busy book fine motor skills practical life skills

    Fabric Busy Book

    This high quality fabric busy book is jam packed with practical life and fine motor skill activities! From dressing, to tying, buckling, and beyond!

    wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

    Sensory Bowls and Tools

    Scooping, pouring, and transferring are all important practice life skills! This set of wooden bowls, scoops, and a tong are great for sensory play!

    practical life skill construction toy screw driver board

    Screw Driver Board

    This car shaped screw driver board is a fun way for kids to learn how to screw and thread real life objects while using real life tools!

    practical life skills busy board book fine motor skills

    Activity Board

    This alligator shaped busy board will help young kids learn even more practical life skills. It is lightweight and folds into a book for easy carrying on the go!

    What’s Next?

    Christmas Cutting Activity – Free Printable Trim Santa’s Beard

    Christmas Cutting Activity – Free Printable Trim Santa’s Beard

    Christmas Cutting Activity – Free Printable Trim Santa’s Beard

    christmas cutting activity trim santa's beard scissor skills free printable worksheet

    This Christmas Cutting activity is such a fun way to strengthen scissor skills! Keep on reading to get the free printable worksheet to trim Santa’s beard!  

    Scissor Skills with a Holiday Twist!

    One of the best ways for kids to strengthen fine motor skills is through cutting activities! It takes time to build up the muscles in the hands and fingers, but activities like this make it fun!

    This Christmas cutting activity is a super fun way to practice these skills during the holiday time! Kids will enjoy giving Santa’s beard a cut and a trim.

    We made things extra easy for grown ups with a free printable worksheet. There are 4 different Santa’s each with different patterns on his beard to explore with varying levels of difficulty!

     

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    This Christmas Cutting Activity in Action!

    This activity can be set up in no time! Since it is a free printable, all you have to do is grab the free printable from the link below, print it, and then either cut out the Santas yourself, or have your kiddos do it themselves!

    Then, kids can have fun using scissors along the patterns to cut Santa’s beard and give it a trim if they would like too!

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

    This Christmas Cutting Activity in Action!

    This activity can be set up in no time! Since it is a free printable, all you have to do is grab the free printable from the link below, print it, and then either cut out the Santas yourself, or have your kiddos do it themselves!

    Then, kids can have fun using scissors along the patterns to cut Santa’s beard and give it a trim if they would like too!

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

    scissor skills cut santa's beard printable activity worksheet holiday

    Get the FREE Printable Christmas Cutting Activity Here!

    We understand that grown ups are busy which is why we often make free printable activities! For this Christmas, cutting activity, we’ve got you covered with this FREE printable!

    We have lots of Holiday themed printables available. Be sure to check out our Christmas Bundle, Hanukkah Bundle, and Kwanzaa Bundle too! Each of these are filled with activities that will be sure to keep your kiddos busy before and during the holiday break!

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

    The Importance of Scissor Skills

    Cutting with scissors is one of those practical life skills that will be useful for the rest of your kiddo’s life!

    It also happens to be a wonderful tool for strengthening fine motor skills! Opening and closing a scissor will increase the muscle strengthen in kid’s hands and fingers.

    This printable has a number of different patterns with varying degrees of difficulty. Each are great for supporting hand-eye coordination.

    Overtime, as kid’s hands get stronger, their movements and accuracy will be more precise.

    christmas cutting activity trim santa's beard scissor skills free printable worksheet
    christmas cutting activity trim santa's beard scissor skills free printable worksheet

    The Importance of Scissor Skills

    Cutting with scissors is one of those practical life skills that will be useful for the rest of your kiddo’s life!

    It also happens to be a wonderful tool for strengthening fine motor skills! Opening and closing a scissor will increase the muscle strengthen in kid’s hands and fingers.

    This printable has a number of different patterns with varying degrees of difficulty. Each are great for supporting hand-eye coordination.

    Overtime, as kid’s hands get stronger, their movements and accuracy will be more precise.

    Store-Bought Scissor Skills Activities

    Here are my top picks for scissor skill products 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?

    Practical Life Skills – DIY Learning Board

    Practical Life Skills – DIY Learning Board

    Practical Life Skills – DIY Learning Board

    practical life skill fine motor skill board zipping tying buckling

    Buckling, zipping, tying: these are all practical life skills that take time and practice! This DIY board is a fun way to help kids learn! With three different sections included, the kids can learn how to tie shoes, buckle a belt, and zip up a shirt, strengthening fine motor skills and building confidence along the way!

    The Importance of Practical Life Skills

    The activities that you’re going to create on this board are all very important for the kids to learn as they will use those skills for the rest of their life. Tying and zipping and buckling are not only done on clothes and shoes but they’re also used daily in other aspects of life. 

    This shows the kids the importance of being independent so that they can start working on all these skills on their own. This will help with their confidence and allow them to practice over and over again until they succeed!

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    practical life skill fine motor skill board zipping tying buckling

    How We Created Our Life Skill Board

    Since the kids are all about trying to do things on their own, they loved diving in and making this board. They were super pumped that it had three parts to it that worked on various new skills that they’re trying to master. 

    We like to choose some time daily to sit down and work on this board.

     

    A Budget Friendly DIY Toy for Learning Practical Life Skills!

    Cardboard, glue, and some leftover clothing helped to create this DIY practical life skills board! 

    For example, save a zipper from an old sweater, a buckle from an old bag, or a shoelace from an old shoe! All of these things can be used for a busy board like this!

    You can even add buttons and clips to provide even more fine motor skills opportunities!

    practical life skill fine motor skill board zipping tying buckling
    practical life skill fine motor skill board zipping tying buckling

    Tips for A Practical Life Skills Board

    As mentioned above, there is no need to spend a lot of money on this! Save old clothing, shoes, and bags and use the materials from them to build this practical life skills board.

    Cardboard makes a great board because it is cheap and sturdy! To make the cardboard colorful, I like to use tempera paint sticks because they are vibrant like paint, but roll on like a crayon and dry in seconds!

    Also make sure you use a strong glue, like tacky glue. Since kiddos will be tugging at the strings, zipper, and buckle, you’ll want to make sure everything adheres well!

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

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Cut out cardboard shapes for the shoes, shirt, and pants.

    Step 2

    Have the kids color them in and glue them on a sheet of cardboard.

     

    Step 3

    Add the laces to the shoes, the belt to the pants, and the zipper to the shirt.

    Step 4

    They can then work on tying, zipping, and buckling over and over again.

    Step 1

    Cut out cardboard shapes for the shoes, shirt, and pants.

    Step 2

    Have the kids color them in and glue them on a sheet of cardboard.

    Step 3

    Add the laces to the shoes, the belt to the pants, and the zipper to the shirt.

    Step 4

    They can then work on tying, zipping, and buckling over and over again.

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The three practical life skills covered in this activity all require the strengthening of fine motor skills.

    While we definitely don’t want to encourage our kiddos to cut their own hair, this free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills
    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The three practical life skills covered in this activity all require the strengthening of fine motor skills.

    While we definitely don’t want to encourage our kiddos to cut their own hair, this free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    Top Picks for Strengthening Practical Life Skills

    Here are some great gifts for continuing to strengthen practical life skills!

    fabric busy book fine motor skills practical life skills

    Fabric Busy Book

    This high quality fabric busy book is jam packed with practical life and fine motor skill activities! From dressing, to tying, buckling, and beyond!

    wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

    Sensory Bowls and Tools

    Scooping, pouring, and transferring are all important practice life skills! This set of wooden bowls, scoops, and a tong are great for sensory play!

    practical life skill construction toy screw driver board

    Screw Driver Board

    This car shaped screw driver board is a fun way for kids to learn how to screw and thread real life objects while using real life tools!

    practical life skills busy board book fine motor skills

    Activity Board

    This alligator shaped busy board will help young kids learn even more practical life skills. It is lightweight and folds into a book for easy carrying on the go!

    What’s Next?

    Cutting Skills – Silly Pet Salon for Strong Hand Muscles

    Cutting Skills – Silly Pet Salon for Strong Hand Muscles

    Cutting Skills – Silly Pet Salon for Strong Hand Muscles

    pet salon cutting skills for kids strengthen hand muscles

    Strengthen cutting skills while giving your kids their dream “job” with this fun pet salon activity! Best part? It’s made up of recyclables! This activity may take a little time to set up, but once done, you can use it over and over again!

    Creative Ways to Explore Cutting Skills 

    When my oldest was struggling with his fine motor skills, I knew that working on his scissor skills would help him get on the right track. But handing him scissors and a paper wasn’t going to do the trick!

    He needed to be engaged, and so I found creative ways for him to explore cutting skills. I found that he had the strongest connection to activities that had a specific purpose and result – like grooming his “dog” or cutting spoon people’s hair!

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    Where Imaginative Play and Cutting Skills Collide

     

    This cutting activity is a great way to show kids how fast and straightforward it can be to upcycle items that you have sitting around the house. It is amazing how everyday objects can create something unique and inspire such amazing imaginative play.

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

    Where Imaginative Play and Cutting Skills Collide

    This cutting activity is a great way to show kids how fast and straightforward it can be to upcycle items that you have sitting around the house. It is amazing how everyday objects can create something unique and inspire such amazing imaginative play.

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

    pet salon cutting skills for kids strengthen hand muscles

    Tips for Setting Up This Activity

    Use what you have! An egg carton, tin can, cardboard, and paper tubes were all we needed, but feel free to mix this up based on what you have and what type of pet you want to recreate!

    Quick Adhesives. Use tape and hot glue to put everything together quickly!

    Type of Paint. The coloring process was quick for us as I used a white spray paint that took minutes to spray and dry. However, there is no need to rush the process especially if you are crafting together – be creative and as colorful as you’d like using acrylic paint!

    Type of Fur. We used yarn. It was the perfect texture and not too tough for the kids to cut through!

    How to Reuse. Don’t toss your cardboard pet away when your kiddos are finished grooming! All you have to do is hot glue on more yarn and they can work on their cutting skills over and over again!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Start by taping or gluing together the parts of the body. Attach the tin can to the egg carton body and then attach to the toilet paper tube legs.

    Step 2

    Once all the pieces are attached, the kids can paint in whatever color they want. Alternatively, an adult can spray paint outside.

    Step 3

    After the paint dries, attach the googly eyes and the yarn with hot glue.

    Step 4

    Let the kids cut the different lengths of hair to give the dog a haircut!

    Step 1

    Start by taping or gluing together the parts of the body. Attach the tin can to the egg carton body and then attach to the toilet paper tube legs.

    Step 2

    Once all the pieces are attached, the kids can paint in whatever color they want. Alternatively, an adult can spray paint outside.

    Step 3

    After the paint dries, attach the googly eyes and the yarn with hot glue.

    Step 4

    Let the kids cut the different lengths of hair to give the dog a haircut!

    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills

    FREE Printable Cutting Skills Activities

    Grown ups are busy, I get it! That’s why I created a bunch of different FREE printable cutting worksheets.

    If your kiddo loves this pet salon idea, you have to try our Spoon Salon activity!

    We also have a very fun vertical cutting skills activity that will get kids on their feet and having fun with scissor skills! 

    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!

    The Educational Benefits of the Pet Salon

    There are a lot of great benefits to this silly grooming activity. This is the perfect kind of imaginative play that gives them independence while also boosting their confidence. Since they can help create this activity from start to finish, there’s no limit on how many times they can play with it again and again.

    This cutting activity is also great for muscle building and hand muscle control too. This helps them get more strength in their hands and gives them the ability to have more control of their fine motor skills, too.

    This can also be used as a fun activity to talk about the length of hair and comparing long, medium, and short.

    pet salon cutting skills for kids strengthen hand muscles

    This activity is building on such an essential practical life skill – cutting! It is a skill they will learn now and use the rest of their lives! For more fine motor skills activites visit our comprehensive list of play ideas!

    pet salon cutting skills for kids strengthen hand muscles

    The Educational Benefits of the Pet Salon

    There are a lot of great benefits to this silly grooming activity. This is the perfect kind of imaginative play that gives them independence while also boosting their confidence. Since they can help create this activity from start to finish, there’s no limit on how many times they can play with it again and again.

    This cutting activity is also great for muscle building and hand muscle control too. This helps them get more strength in their hands and gives them the ability to have more control of their fine motor skills, too.

    This can also be used as a fun activity to talk about the length of hair and comparing long and short. 

    This activity is building on such an essential practical life skill – cutting! It is a skill they will learn now and use the rest of their lives! For more fine motor skills activites visit our comprehensive list of play ideas!

    More Ways to Explore Cutting Skills

    Here are my top picks for resources and items you can buy that strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

    scissor skills cutting activity books

    Scissor Skills Workbook

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

    fine motor scissor skill game with apples

     Apple Picking Game

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

    scissor cutting skills

    Travel-Size Cutting Book

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

    scissor cutting skills decorative

    Decorative Scissors

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

    What’s Next?

    Simple Slime Recipe – Ooey Gooey Egg Inspired

    Simple Slime Recipe – Ooey Gooey Egg Inspired

    Simple Slime Recipe – Ooey Gooey Egg Inspired

    egg slime sensory play taste safe slime

    This simple slime recipe looks just like an egg! Not only is it taste-safe, but it also makes for a fun egg-making pretend play set up! Read on to find out just how easy this slime recipe is to make and how kids of all ages can enjoy it!

    Sensory Play to Inspire Your Little Chef

    My kids are always asking to help in the kitchen, but there are some things that I just don’t know if they’re quite ready to do. Egg cracking is one of those things! This simple slime recipe is a fun way to teach kiddos how to crack and handle eggs before helping with the real stuff! The fact that the recipe is taste-safe (aka not made with borax, glue, or boric acid), allows even the youngest kids to enjoy and explore! I love seeing the imaginative play that unfolds, as they begin cracking each egg into a pan to cook and serve!

     

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    Egg Slime – A Simple Slime Recipe for All Ages

    Here’s a video showing you how you can easily mix up this simple slime recipe. I made this egg slime, no glue recipe, with just three ingredients! Continue to watch to see how kids of all ages will love learning how to crack eggs, finding the homemade egg slime right inside, and using it to dish up a imaginative meal!

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

    Egg Slime – A Simple Slime Recipe for All Ages

    Here’s a video showing you how you can easily mix up this simple slime recipe. I made this egg slime, no glue recipe, with just three ingredients! Continue to watch to see how kids of all ages will love learning how to crack eggs, finding the homemade egg slime right inside, and using it to dish up a imaginative meal!

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

    egg slime sensory play taste safe slime

    How to Make This Simple Slime Recipe

    Making slime is so simple with this DIY recipe. Bonus points for using taste safe ingredients that babies and toddlers can safely handle! Traditional slime has boric acid and sodium borate, which should not be ingested or put in the mouth – this recipe has none of that bad stuff! If you’re hoping to teach kids the best way to crack eggs with a fun sensory twist, they’ll have a lot of fun with this unique egg slime activity.

    Plus, it’s a great way to use toy eggs, even if it isn’t Easter! And remember to do it during the Easter Holidays too along with our printable bundle of over 20 Easter and Spring Themed Activities. This bundle includes worksheets for practicing early childhood education skills, including alphabet recognition, number recognition, tracing, writing, coloring, counting, shapes, patterning, and so much more!

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    For the Egg Whites: Mix 2 tbsp psyllium husk powder and 2 cups of water in a big microwave-safe bowl; Microwave for 10 minutes, and be sure to let the mixture cool before handling!

    Step 2

    For the Egg Yolks: Mix 1 tbsp psyllium husk powder, 1 cup of water, and yellow food coloring in a big microwave-safe bowl; Microwave for 10 minutes, and be sure to let the mixture cool before handling!

     

    Step 3

    Assemble the Eggs: Separate a piece of the clear slime and add a small ball of the yellow slime to the center to resemble an egg. Then, close them up in plastic eggs for your kiddos to discover!

    Step 4

    Provide a skillet or pan and other cooking tools for your kiddo to explore with the egg slime.

    Step 1

    For the Egg Whites: Mix 2 tbsp psyllium husk powder and 2 cups of water in a big microwave-safe bowl; Microwave for 10 minutes, and be sure to let the mixture cool before handling!

    Step 2

    For the Egg Yolks: Mix 1 tbsp psyllium husk powder, 1 cup of water, and yellow food coloring in a big microwave-safe bowl; Microwave for 10 minutes, and be sure to let the mixture cool before handling!

    Step 3

    Assemble the Eggs: Separate a piece of the clear slime and add a small ball of the yellow slime to the center to resemble an egg. Then, close them up in plastic eggs for your kiddos to discover!

    Step 4

    Provide a skillet or pan and other cooking tools for your kiddo to explore with the egg slime.

    Educational Benefits for this fun Egg Slime Activity

    Sensory Play. Did you know that sensory play has been said to create new nerve connections in the brain?! Yes, there is so much educational value in allowing your kiddo to experience sensory play. Sensory play is often long-lasting with a ton of engagement – even with young kids who have typically short attention spans. Plus, it provides opportunities for kids to play independently.

    Additionaly, by making this activity taste-safe it allows even the youngest of kids to learn how to play with sensory bases. Taste-safe does not mean it is intended to be eaten, but it is safe if it is ingested. In other words, you do not want to encourage your toddler to eat the egg slime, but rather, if a child was to put it in their mouth and even consume it, this is the perfect opportunity to explain verbally that slime is not for the mouth and is not food. This is how they will learn to safely play with sensory bases of all types in the future!

    egg slime sensory play taste safe slime

    Fine Motor Skills. Fine motor skills are so important! Slime itself allows kiddos to engage the small muscles in their hand and fingers. Think: stretching, pulling, smooshing. But you can extend that fine motor strengthening further by providing tools like whisks, spoons, and bowls where kids will also be able to practice some important practice life skills like pouring, transferring, and scooping! 

    egg slime sensory play taste safe slime

    Educational Benefits for this fun Egg Slime Activity

    Sensory Play. Did you know that sensory play has been said to create new nerve connections in the brain?! Yes, there is so much educational value in allowing your kiddo to experience sensory play. Sensory play is often long-lasting with a ton of engagement – even with young kids who have typically short attention spans. Plus, it provides opportunities for kids to play independently.

    Additionaly, by making this activity taste-safe it allows even the youngest of kids to learn how to play with sensory bases. Taste-safe does not mean it is intended to be eaten, but it is safe if it is ingested. In other words, you do not want to encourage your toddler to eat the egg slime, but rather, if a child was to put it in their mouth and even consume it, this is the perfect opportunity to explain verbally that slime is not for the mouth and is not food. This is how they will learn to safely play with sensory bases of all types in the future!

    Fine Motor Skills. Fine motor skills are so important! Slime itself allows kiddos to engage the small muscles in their hand and fingers. Think: stretching, pulling, smooshing. But you can extend that fine motor strengthening further by providing tools like whisks, spoons, and bowls where kids will also be able to practice some important practice life skills like pouring, transferring, and scooping!

    More Sensory Bases to Explore

    Here are my top picks for different types of sensory bases.

    sensory sand play for kids

    Sensory Sand

    Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

    mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

    Modelling Dough

    This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

    play dough wild dough sensory

    Premium Play Dough

    This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

    slime kit sensory play for kids

    The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

    This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

    What’s Next?

    Water Activity for Toddlers – Milk Jug Car Wash

    Water Activity for Toddlers – Milk Jug Car Wash

    Water Activity for Toddlers – Milk Jug Car Wash

    water activity for kids diy milk jug car wash station

    Make a car wash water activity for toddlers using a milk jug, plastic cups, and garden hose! This is a really easy way to keep your kiddos engaged in sensory play outside. 

    Don’t be afraid of a little mud. This activity will get your kids to mess around with mud and soil – and they are going to love it! I’ll share some tips that will help you minimize the mess a bit. 

    Learning to Clean Up with This Water Activity for Toddlers

    This fun water activity for toddlers will encourage your kiddos to enjoy washing things (which is a fantastic life skill).

    It also encourages imaginative play. They will become immersed in the world of washing their toy cars – watching them go from completely muddy to nice and clean. The best part is, it doesn’t require any expensive parts!

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    Watch the Video to See This Water Activity for Toddlers in Action

     

    Here’s a quick video of my toddler getting his toy cars really dirty and then washing them off in the car wash. As you can see, he loves washing the cars off as much as he likes smothering them in the dirt.

    One tip for the best car wash: use really strong tape. Another tip, make your own bowl of soil for your kiddos to mix onto their toy cars. This way, it controls how messy they can get. Also, just turn the hose on a little bit to conserve water and place activity nearby grass or a garden bed that could use some extra hydration!

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

    Watch the Video to See This Water Activity for Toddlers in Action

    Here’s a quick video of my toddler getting his toy cars really dirty and then washing them off in the car wash. As you can see, he loves washing the cars off as much as he likes smothering them in the dirt.

    One tip for the best car wash: use really strong tape. Another tip, make your own bowl of soil for your kiddos to mix onto their toy cars. This way, it controls how messy they can get.Also, just turn the hose on a little bit to conserve water and place activity nearby grass or a garden bed that could use some extra hydration!

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

    transportation printable worksheet kids cars trains planes boats

    Printable Worksheets for the Transportation Lover!

    When the weather is warm enough, this activity will encourage your kiddos to want to be outside! However, if going outside isn’t an option, and you simply don’t want to do this activity inside, this printable bundle is perfect for the transportation lover!

    Planes, trains, cars, and boats – these worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills. Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, color recognition, and so much more.

    For more printable materials, definitely check out our full collection!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Poke holes into the center-bottom of an empty gallon of milk.

    Step 2

    Use strong tape to secure 2 tall plastic cups on either side of the poked holes.

    Step 3

    Decorate with car wash sign (if you so wish!)

     

    Step 4

    Place your hose inside the top of the milk gallon & turn it on to it’s lowest level.

    Step 5

    Mix some soil in a bowl with a little water. Let your kiddo get their toy cars dirty and then wash them in the water that is pouring out of the bottom of the toy car wash.  

     

    Step 1

    Poke holes into the center-bottom of an empty gallon of milk.

    Step 2

    Use strong tape to secure 2 tall plastic cups on either side of the poked holes.

    Step 3

    Decorate with car wash sign (if you so wish!)

    Step 4

    Place your hose inside the top of the milk gallon & turn it on to it’s lowest level.

    Step 5

    Mix some soil in a bowl with a little water. Let your kiddo get their toy cars dirty and then wash them in the water that is pouring out of the bottom of the toy car wash.  

    Educational Benefits of this Water Activity for Toddlers

    This water activity for toddlers might not teach reading or writing, but being outside and playing in the earth and water is still very good for your kids! 

    Even though young kids will enjoy it, this is truly a fantastic sensory activity for kids of all ages! From the grit of the soil to the ice-cold water from the hose, there are so many textures to experience. 

    Playing in the mud can help kids reduce their stress levels and even make them feel calmer. It’s one of the many benefits of both sensory play and being out in the sunshine. 

    When kids interact with different textures in sensory activities like this one, their brain actually forms new connections. It gives them the foundations they need later on to learn new concepts.

    water activity for kids diy milk jug car wash station

    As they make the car dirty and then wash it off, they are also exercising their curiosity and problem-solving skills. Why isn’t that one wheel getting clean? How can they make the water come out faster? It’s all part of cause and effect.

    This is also fun for all ages. Everyone can gather around the car wash and share it. It’s a fun way to encourage them to play together too.

    water activity for kids diy milk jug car wash station

    Educational Benefits of this Water Activity for Toddlers

    This water activity for toddlers might not teach reading or writing, but being outside and playing in the earth and water is still very good for your kids! 

    Even though young kids will enjoy it, this is truly a fantastic sensory activity for kids of all ages! From the grit of the soil to the ice-cold water from the hose, there are so many textures to experience. 

    Playing in the mud can help kids reduce their stress levels and even make them feel calmer. It’s one of the many benefits of both sensory play and being out in the sunshine. 

    When kids interact with different textures in sensory activities like this one, their brain actually forms new connections. It gives them the foundations they need later on to learn new concepts.

    As they make the car dirty and then wash it off, they are also exercising their curiosity and problem-solving skills. Why isn’t that one wheel getting clean? How can they make the water come out faster? It’s all part of cause and effect.

    This is also fun for all ages. Everyone can gather around the car wash and share it. It’s a fun way to encourage them to play together too.

    Store-Bought Outdoor Activities For Kids

    Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that kids can play with outside!

    gardening kit for kids outdoor play

    Kids Gardening Set

    This cute set comes with a watering can, gloves, tools, and even a wheelbarrow. These can be enjoyed both indoors or outdoors!

    outdoor play bubble making set

    Bubble Making Set

    All kids love bubbles! This set comes with the supplies to make bubbles in many different sizes – from small to huge!

    outdoor play stepping stones for kids

    Balancing Stepping Stones

    Encourage gross motor skills with this fun game. Kids will balance from one stepping stone to the other in this fun game.

    outdoor play cornhole toss game bean bag game for kids

    Bean Bag Toss Game

    This is a fun game that kids can all play together! They will build hand-eye coordination as they try to toss the bean bags into the holes.

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    Tracing Activity – Printable Pre-Writing Cards

    Tracing Activity – Printable Pre-Writing Cards

    Tracing Activity – Printable Pre-Writing Cards

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    If you’re looking for a tracing activity for preschoolers and toddlers, don’t miss out on these fun printable line, curve, and pattern cards! They are easy to print and a great way to prepare young kids for writing!

    What I love most about this tracing activity is that the cards are erasable so children can do them over and over again. Once you dive into this simple tracing activity, kids will be on a great path to writing letters and numbers!

    Preparing Kids for Writing

    Before kids can start writing letters and numbers, mastering the process of writing lines and curves is key. Tracing activities are fantastic for strengthening fine motor skills, improving pencil grip, and practicing hand-eye coordination. This pre writing activity comes with 30 trace-able cards from simple lines to complex real-life patterns.

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    How to Set Up This Tracing Activity

    Here’s how you can make and play with this fun and simple pre writing activity. In this video, you’ll see that you’re just a few steps away from having so many tracing cards for your little one to use! It’s a fast and easy way to give them the confidence they need to start writing!

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    How to Set Up This Tracing Activity

    Here’s how you can make and play with this fun and simple pre writing activity. In this video, you’ll see that you’re just a few steps away from having so many tracing cards for your little one to use! It’s a fast and easy way to give them the confidence they need to start writing!

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

    pre-writing tracing cards printable

    A Tracing Activity You Can Print!

    This pre writing activity couldn’t be more simple to set up! First and foremost, go grab our printable tracing cards!  This tracing activity set comes with 30 cards from simple lines to detailed patterns on real life objects.

    Writing lines and curves can be tricky for young kids, so making the cards erasable and reusable is important! If a kiddo makes a mistake, they can easily erase and try again without getting discouraged. To make the cards erasable be sure to use a laminator and dry-erase markers.

    Has your kiddo mastered the art of writing lines and curves? Don’t miss our printable books for uppercase and lowercase letter writing – it’s all about learning letter formation, tracing, and then writing letters independently. Plus, we also have traceable cards for letters and numbers too!

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Laminate the tracing cards.

    Step 2

    Cut out the cards.

    Step 3

    Use dry erase markers to trace over and over again.

    Step 1

    Laminate the tracing cards.

    Step 2

    Cut out the cards.

    Step 3

    Use dry erase markers to trace over and over again.

    Educational Benefits for this Tracing Activity

    Tracing activities have so many benefits for young kids!  It is a pre writing activity that strengthens many skills, setting the foundation for writing letters and numbers. Here are just a few benefits from doing this activity:

    (1) Fine Motor Skills: Before a child can write, fine motor skills must be strengthened. Fine motor skills are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that are critical for writing. Read more about what are fine motor skills and why they are important? Tracing activities like this allow the fingers and hand muscles to get stronger and movements more smooth.

    (2) Pencil Grip: This pre writing activity improves pencil grip through practice. Correct pencil grip involves the pencil being positioned between the thumb, index and middle fingers while the ring and pinky is bent into and resting, and the pencil rests on the hand between the thumb and the index finger. Correct grip is critical for transitioning to writing letters and numbers as an incorrect grip can make writing more difficult and cause young kids to get tired and discouraged.

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    (3) Hand Eye Coordination. Tracing activities help young kids in coordinating their hand motions to what the eyes see. 

    (4) Crossing the Midline. What is crossing the midline? For writing, it is the act of moving your hand/arm across the middle of your body to work on the opposite side of your body. This is a skill we are not born with and develops in the early years. It also occurs, for example when one side of your body crossing to the other side of your body to tie a shoe.

    pre-writing-tracing-cards-lines-curves-preschool-toddlers

    Educational Benefits for this Tracing Activity

    Tracing activities have so many benefits for young kids!  It is a pre writing activity that strengthens many skills, setting the foundation for writing letters and numbers. Here are just a few benefits from doing this activity:

    (1) Fine Motor Skills: Before a child can write, fine motor skills must be strengthened. Fine motor skills are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that are critical for writing. Read more about what are fine motor skills and why they are important? Tracing activities like this allow the fingers and hand muscles to get stronger and movements more smooth.

    (2) Pencil Grip: This pre writing activity improves pencil grip through practice. Correct pencil grip involves the pencil being positioned between the thumb, index and middle fingers while the ring and pinky is bent into and resting, and the pencil rests on the hand between the thumb and the index finger. Correct grip is critical for transitioning to writing letters and numbers as an incorrect grip can make writing more difficult and cause young kids to get tired and discouraged.

    (3) Hand Eye Coordination. Tracing activities help young kids in coordinating their hand motions to what the eyes see. 

    (4) Crossing the Midline. What is crossing the midline? For writing, it is the act of moving your hand/arm across the middle of your body to work on the opposite side of your body. This is a skill we are not born with and develops in the early years. It also occurs, for example when one side of your body crossing to the other side of your body to tie a shoe.

     

    More Pre Writing Activities for Preschoolers and Toddlers

    Here are my top picks for toys and resources you can buy that prepare your kiddo for writing!

    Magnetic Alphabet Game

    This magnetic alphabet game is not only a great way to reinforce letter recognition, but it is so great for strengtheing pencil grip!

    tracing activity wooden writing board alphabet reversible

    Wooden Alphabet Board

    This beautifully crafted wooden board is all about tracing the alphabet. Plus, it is reversible featuring both uppercase and lowercase letters!

    wooden writing board alphabet reversible tracing activity

    Magnetic Letter Writing

    This 2 sided board is a great tool for teaching writing. Children use the stylus pen to help them stay on the stroke.

    wooden stencil writing set lines tracing activity

    Wooden Stencil Pattern Set

    This wooden resource for pre-writing is a great stencil tracing set. It is a simulator for writing.

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    Fine Motor Skills – Why Are They Important?

    Fine Motor Skills – Why Are They Important?

    Fine Motors Skills – Why Are They Important?

    why are fine motor skills important, kids practice fine motor skills

    Early childhood is full of learning through daily interactions and play – strengthening fine motor skills is an essential part of early childhood development. But what are fine motor skills and why are they so important?

    What Are Fine Motor Skills and Why are They Important?

    Fine motor skills are essential to our daily living, from stacking to painting and even cutting with scissors. We usually don’t think about the impact cutting lines on paper or picking up cereal will have on our children’s future, but wow oh wow, the muscles required for these actions are oh so important! 

    Fine motor skills may be the most valuable skill your children can ever learn, as they truly intersect with so many aspects of our daily life skills.

    So, What Are Fine Motor Skills?

    They are a skill set that involves small muscles in your hands, arms, and even eyes that manipulate objects. These skills are essential to children’s development but are often taken for granted, being deemed something one will just pick up naturally.

    Motor skills help your child grasp small objects, follow you with their eyes across the room, write with a pencil and button-up cloths. While we build on these skills as we grow and learn through everyday tasks, to sharpen them, having our kids do activities that require them to use these particular muscles is imperative.

    In this video, you will see a collection of fine motor activities for toddlers, plus don’t miss this spaghetti pull activity that strengthens pincer grasp, a feed the bunny activity that involves posting, and a fishing game that encourages hand-eye coordination (to name a few!).

    So, What Are Fine Motor Skills?  

    They are a skill set that involves small muscles in your hands, arms, and even eyes that manipulate objects. These skills are essential to children’s development but are often taken for granted, being deemed something one will just pick up naturally.

    Motor skills help your child grasp small objects, follow you with their eyes across the room, write with a pencil and button-up cloths. While we build on these skills as we grow and learn through everyday tasks, to sharpen them, having our kids do activities that require them to use these particular muscles is imperative.

    In this video, you will see a collection of fine motor activities for toddlers, plus don’t miss this spaghetti pull activity that strengthens pincer grasp, a feed the bunny activity that involves posting, and a fishing game that encourages hand-eye coordination (to name a few!).

    Why Are Fine Motor Skills Important?

    Motor skills are intertwined in almost every aspect of our lives. Their importance is unquestionable when you think about all the things you would not be able to do without them. With undeveloped motor skills, a child can suffer in feeding themselves, playing games alone and with friends, and taking care of their daily hygiene. 

    Motor skills catapult children into becoming self-sufficient and are connected to children’s confidence building, peer to peer play, and academics. 

    In this video, I share a compilation of activities preschoolers can do to help develop their fine motor skills. Plus, don’t miss our vertical scissor skills activity, DIY scooper tong which makes a great fine motor skills tool, and pre-writing activity board (to name a few!).

    These activities will strengthen motor skills such as isolating the index finger from all other fingers, separating colors, properly holding both objects and tools all through sensory play.  

    Examples of Fine Motor Skills

    • Grasping with fingers
    • Holding Bottle
    • Passing objects from hand to hand
    • Using a pencil
    • Scissor cutting
    • Building blocks
    • Combing hair
    • Buttoning
    • Zipping
    • Tying
    • Grasping with fingers
    • Holding Bottle
    • Passing objects from hand to hand
    • Using a pencil
    • Scissor cutting
    • Building blocks
    • Combing hair
    • Buttoning
    • Zipping
    • Tying
    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills

    Printable Resources to Strengthen Motor Skills

    If you are looking for some easy to set up activities, don’t miss our collection of printable resources! We have countless printables that will strengthen motor skills in addition to so many other early childhood education skills.

    There are lots of scissor skills activities like this Scissor Skills Haircuts activity. Plus also find our Cut the Patterns, Cutting with Cars, and Sports Scissor Skills activities.

    If your little one isn’t quite using scissors yet, we also have some great printable activities for toddlers including our Feed the Animals, Poke the Animals, and Peg-osaurus printables!

    Plus, preschoolers who are just beginning to write can enjoy strengthening their pencil grasp with our Pre-writing Tracing Cards, and Uppercase Letter and Lowercase Letter Booklets.

     

    Developmental Milestones to Watch For

    Fine motor skill development starts at birth! Your little one starts learning about their visual perception and surroundings as soon as they take that first sweet breath. They start with things like holding your finger with their tiny hand to grabbing bottles. These fine motor skills become even more pivotal as they grow from a toddler to a teen. Here are some of the significant developmental keys one can look forward to in developing fine motor skills:

    When your babies are 3+ months, they should hold small objects in their hand, with their thumb not tucked. By 5 months, they may reach for toys and be able to keep them briefly. By 6 months, they may be able to follow objects in all directions with their eyes – an excellent sign that your baby’s fine motor skills are on a good trajectory. As your baby grows, you’ll notice they can do more and more with their hands as they follow you across the room. 

    The journey continues as they are able to move objects from hand to hand, keep their hands opened and relaxed for most of the day, pick up small items like cereal, give toys back when asked, and put objects down voluntarily.

    scissor skill activity for preschoolers cutting patterns vertical set up

    As your baby grows into a toddler, their motor skills will start to take a major leap; turning pages of a coloring book, putting toys in their container, using both hands to play with, and pointing with their index finger at objects. Yes, it all happens so quickly; during this time, your child is learning fast and is ready to put what they’ve maybe learned intuitively into some skilled activities.  

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

    scissor skill activity for preschoolers cutting patterns vertical set up

    Developmental Milestones to Watch For

    Fine motor skill development starts at birth! Your little one starts learning about their visual perception and surroundings as soon as they take that first sweet breath. They start with things like holding your finger with their tiny hand to grabbing bottles. These fine motor skills become even more pivotal as they grow from a toddler to a teen. Here are some of the significant developmental keys one can look forward to in developing fine motor skills:

    When your babies are 3+ months, they should hold small objects in their hand, with their thumb not tucked. By 5 months, they may reach for toys and be able to keep them briefly. By 6 months, they may be able to follow objects in all directions with their eyes – an excellent sign that your baby’s fine motor skills are on a good trajectory. As your baby grows, you’ll notice they can do more and more with their hands as they follow you across the room. 

    The journey continues as they are able to move objects from hand to hand, keep their hands opened and relaxed for most of the day, pick up small items like cereal, give toys back when asked, and put objects down voluntarily.

    As your baby grows into a toddler, their motor skills will start to take a major leap; turning pages of a coloring book, putting toys in their container, using both hands to play with, and pointing with their index finger at objects. Yes, it all happens so quickly; during this time, your child is learning fast and is ready to put what they’ve maybe learned intuitively into some skilled activities.  

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

    Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Play

    While developmental milestones are a marker for us to measure where our kids should be, we also MUST know that each child develops at their own pace. 

    Researchers are not always sure what may cause a delay in the direct impact on a child’s fine motor skills. There are things grown ups can do at home to ensure they are giving their child the best outcome of fine motor skills. Playing one of the games we’ve featured above or simply sitting them in their high chair and giving them food to eat will make all the difference.  

    Tracking these milestones in your child’s development will help you correct any delays or inconsistencies in their growth. By continuing to help your child develop their fine motor skills, your son or daughter will be on the fast track to learning the most essential and overlooked set of skills they will ever need.

    fine motor skills toy tool scooper

    Practical Steps to take: 

    • Try the above activities to assess your child development through play;
    • Talk with your doctor about your child’s development of motor skills; and
    • Give your child access to age-appropriate tools to strengthen their skill set the best headstart to their education and beyond. 
    fine motor skills toy tool scooper

    Developing Fine Motor Skills Through Play

    While developmental milestones are a marker for us to measure where our kids should be, we also MUST know that each child develops at their own pace. 

    Researchers are not always sure what may cause a delay in the direct impact on a child’s fine motor skills. There are things grown ups can do at home to ensure they are giving their child the best outcome of fine motor skills. Playing one of the games we’ve featured above or simply sitting them in their high chair and giving them food to eat will make all the difference.  

    Tracking these milestones in your child’s development will help you correct any delays or inconsistencies in their growth. By continuing to help your child develop their motor skills, your son or daughter will be on the fast track to learning the most essential and overlooked set of skills they will ever need.

    Practical Steps to take: 

    • Try the above activities to assess your child development through play;
    • Talk with your doctor about your child’s development of fine motor skills; and
    • Give your child access to age-appropriate tools to strengthen their skill set the best headstart to their education and beyond. 

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    Here are some top picks for games and tools that will strengthen motor skills!

    fine motor skills buckles and strings toy

    Buckle and Threading Pillow

    This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

    wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

    Sensory Bin Tools

    This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

    Color Sorting Rainbow

    Strengthen motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

    color sorting magnetic game

    Color Sorting Maze

    This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

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    Science Experiment with Food – Regrowing Food Scraps

    Science Experiment with Food – Regrowing Food Scraps

    Science Experiment with Food – Regrowing Food Scraps

    food scrap science experiment scallion celery romaine

    Observing how vegetables regrow from scraps is a fun science experiment with food for kids to do at home or beyond with no yard required! My kids love watching vegetables regrow from the windowsill, and if you have the yard space, you could even start a little garden with your kids!

    You can teach your little ones about how they can turn garbage into food that you can eat! Which is pretty cool if you ask me!

    Learn About Your Food and Where it Comes From

    Teach your children about plants’ life cycle, basic gardening skills, and even the scientific method with regrowing food scraps. This easy DIY food scrap garden activity is a fun way for your kids to practice hands-on science and learn.

    Plus, even parents can get in on the fun and save a little bit of money on your next trip to the grocery store too!

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    how to grow food from food scraps

    Teach Science with Regrowing Food Scraps

    We saved the bottoms of celery, green onions, and romaine lettuce to regrow our own vegetables. All you have to do is plop them into some water and make sure they get plenty of sun! Two weeks later and we had an entirely grown vegetable ready to eat!

    Using a plant’s ability to grow new roots is a great way to study plants and help you save money on food and reduce your food waste.

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    A Science Experiment with Food That Reduces Waste

    We saved the bottoms of celery, green onions, and romaine lettuce to regrow our own vegetables. All you have to do is plop them into some water and make sure they get plenty of sun! Two weeks later and we had an entirely grown vegetable ready to eat!

    Using a plant’s ability to grow new roots is a great way to study the plant life cycle and help you save money on food and reduce your food waste.

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

    how to grow food from food scraps
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    What Foods You Can Save for This Science Experiment with Food!

    • Celery
    • Potatoes
    • Garlic
    • Carrots
    • Turnips
    • Leafy Greens
    • Ginger
    • Tumeric
    • Pineapple
    • Turnips
    • Onions, including chives and shallots
    • Herbs: Basil, Mint, Cilantro

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Use your toothpicks or skewers and poke into your scrap from three or four sides. Just enough that it can support itself on top of the cup! 

    Step 2

    Place your skewered scrap on top of the cup so that the bottom dangles into the cup below the rim.

     

    Step 3

    Fill the cup with water, making sure it reaches your scrap so it can drink! Alternatively, you could place your food scraps on a plate or shallow dish with water, but we used a longer, clear cup so that we could see the root growth!

    Step 4

    Check in each day and watch your fresh veggies grow!

    Step 1

    Use your toothpicks or skewers and poke into your scrap from three or four sides. Just enough that it can support itself on top of the cup!

    Step 2

    Place your skewered scrap on top of the cup so that the bottom dangles into the cup below the rim.

    Step 3

    Fill the cup with water, making sure it reaches your scrap so it can drink! Alternatively, you could place your food scraps on a plate or shallow dish with water, but we used a longer, clear cup so that we could see the root growth!

    Step 4

    Check in each day and watch your fresh veggies grow!

     

    Educational Benefits of This Science Experiment with Food Scraps

    This fun science experiment with food combines science and gardening to make a fun STEM activity that your kids will love!

    It teaches your kids about the plant life cycle, food waste, and where our food comes from a scientific perspective. Your kids can even practice the scientific method by making observations and developing hypotheses about how long they will take to grow.

    It also helps your kids learn about the basics of gardening and growing their own food. How is food grown? Root vegetables don’t always start from a seed but can be grown from the very roots that grew the vegetables you ate!

    food scrap science experiment
    food scrap science experiment

    Educational Benefits of This Science Experiment with Food Scraps

    This fun science experiment with food combines science and gardening to make a fun STEM activity that your kids will love!

    It teaches your kids about the plant life cycle, food waste, and where our food comes from a scientific perspective. Your kids can even practice the scientific method by making observations and developing hypotheses about how long they will take to grow.

    It also helps your kids learn about the basics of gardening and growing their own food. How is food grown? Root vegetables don’t always start from a seed but can be grown from the very roots that grew the vegetables you ate!

    More Gardening Activities For Kids

    Here are my top picks for kits you can buy to continue to explore gardening with kids!

    Sprout and Grow Plant cycle Learning with kids

    Plant Growth Kit

    This kit provides the perfect view of the plant life cycle. It comes with this self-standing planter that can be placed on a tabletop or window sill.

    child sized potting bench for seed starting, potting up plants, and maintaining potted plants

    Kid’s Workbench

    This 2-in-1, child-sized potting bench has a flat work surface for seed starting, potting up plants and maintaining potted plants.

    gardening kit for kids includes 6 heirloom seeds

    Veggie Garden Kit

    This egg carton garden includs 6 packages of heirloom seeds, starter soil, wooden stakes, instructions, a journal, and the egg carton planter!

    Wooden Gardening Pretend Play Toy

    This adorable set is a great way to spark a young gardener’s imagination. It comes with 3 seed packets, 3 flower pots with a sunflower, carrot and tomato plant!

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    Easy Teeth Brushing Activity For Kids

    Easy Teeth Brushing Activity For Kids

    Easy Teeth Brushing Activity For Kids

    Teach kids how to brush their teeth and why it is so important with this fun activity. This teeth brushing activity will keep them engaged! This is a fun way to teach your kids about why they need to brush their teeth and how to do it correctly.

    Plus, it has lots of other benefits too.  Read on below for the options on how to set this up, including our free printable version, and learn about the many ways to play with this set up!

    Teach The Science Of Healthy Teeth

    Learning how to brush your teeth is a very important practical life skill! Plus, from plaque to what cavities are, brushing your teeth is pretty scientific. There are so many early science facts you can teach your children when they learn why they need to brush their teeth.

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    Watch the Video to See the Teeth Brushing Activity in Action

    Here’s how you can make and play this fun teeth brushing game! In this video, you’ll see many ways you can approach this activity. You can create a DIY version of a big mouth, or see how easy it is to grab our free printable and laminate that instead.

    Once a child has mastered the concept of cleaning the teeth, you can incorporate other fun early childhood concepts like alphabet and numbers! 

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

    Watch the Video to See the Activity in Action

    Here’s how you can make and play this fun teeth brushing game! In this video, you’ll see many ways you can approach this activity. You can create a DIY version of a big mouth, or see how easy it is to grab our free printable and laminate that instead.

    Once a child has mastered the concept of cleaning the teeth, you can incorporate other fun early childhood concepts like alphabet and numbers! 

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

    How to Make Your Own Teeth Brushing Game

    This activity isn’t just educational, it helps them with a very important part of their hygiene, too. After doing this with my kids, I discovered how much happier they were to brush their teeth. 

    If you want to do the DIY version, the materials are simple and I’ve listed below! Don’t miss our comprehensive Arts and Crafts Supply list if you are looking to start or refresh your supplies!

    If you are short on time, keep on reading to get our free printable version of this activity that also includes pages for cleaning cat teeth and dog teeth!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Draw a giant mouth on a piece of paper, or download our free printable below!

    Step 2

    Cover the paper in contact paper, or laminate.

    Step 3

    Use dry-erase markers to draw germs/plaque around the edges of the teeth. Alternatively, write letters or numbers!

    Step 4

    Tell your child to use a toothbrush to brush away the markings to make the teeth clean!

    Step 1

    Draw a giant mouth on a piece of paper, or download our free printable below!

    Step 2

    Cover the paper in contact paper, or laminate.

    Step 3

    Use dry-erase markers to draw germs/plaque around the edges of the teeth. Alternatively, write letters or numbers!

    Step 4

    Tell your child to use a toothbrush to brush away the markings to make the teeth clean!

     

    FREE Printable Version of This Teeth Brushing Activity

    Short on time? We’ve got you covered with a free printable version! Plus, it also includes pages for cleaning cat teeth and dog teeth! It is such a silly way to learn how to brush teeth!

    If your kiddos love animals, you have to try our Feed the Animal activity! It includes a dog, cat, and bunny and young children enjoy not only feeding them, but seeing the food go down into their bellies!

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

    Educational Benefits of the Teeth Brushing Game

    The main thing this activity teaches your kiddos is the importance of brushing their teeth. Personal hygiene is a very important part of a child’s education. 

    While they are learning about why they brush them and how to do it correctly, they are also learning a lot about science, too. 

    The very first step in digestion is chewing up the food and saliva helps break the food down. What causes cavities? What causes bad breath? 

    These are all scientific questions that are also early biology education too. They will learn about decay and cleanliness and physical health.

    As a side benefit, it makes the daily act of brushing their teeth a lot more fun!  

    Plus you can use this set up to learn a host of other early childhood education skills. Write the alphabet on the teeth and task your kiddo with scrubbing the letters away. This is great for letter recognition.

    Alternatively, write numbers on the teeth and have your kiddo erase them in number order or use a multi-sided dice for a game! There are so many ways to adapt this teeth brushing activity!

    Educational Benefits of the Teeth Brushing Game

    The main thing this activity teaches your kiddos is the importance of brushing their teeth. Personal hygiene is a very important part of a child’s education. 

    While they are learning about why they brush them and how to do it correctly, they are also learning a lot about science, too. 

    The very first step in digestion is chewing up the food and saliva helps break the food down. What causes cavities? What causes bad breath? 

    These are all scientific questions that are also early biology education too. They will learn about decay and cleanliness and physical health.

    As a side benefit, it makes the daily habit of brushing their teeth a lot more fun!

    Plus you can use this set up to learn a host of other early childhood education skills. Write the alphabet on the teeth and task your kiddo with scrubbing the letters away. This is great for letter recognition. 

    Alternatively, write numbers on the teeth and have your kiddo erase them in number order or use a multi-sided dice for a game! There are so many ways to adapt this teeth brushing activity!

    Store-Bought Teeth Brushing Activities

    Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that help your kids learn how to brush their teeth!

    Wooden Dentist Set

    This set comes with 16 wooden pieces including dental tools, toothbrush, and storage bag. Great for learning about dental health and role play!

    Crocodile Dentist

    Press down on a tooth and see if the crocodile will chomp down! Great way to strengthen the skill of taking turns! This is super easy to set up and loads of fun!

    Teeth Brushing Model 

    Use this life-size model, toothbrush, wooden tray, and flashcards with names of the teeth. Kids learn about teeth and how to care for them.

    Brushing Buddy

    This soft and huggable plush has plastic teeth and a toothbrush for your child to use to learn how to brush their teeth.

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    Scissor Skills Activity – Spoon Salon

    Scissor Skills Activity – Spoon Salon

    Scissor Skills Activity: Spoon Salon

    How confident is your child with scissors? This spoon salon is a really fun scissor skills activity for toddlers, preschoolers, and beyond!

    Teach Cutting Skills With Spoons and Yarn

    There is so much to love about this activity! Kids can enjoy crafting their own spoon people and then channeling their inner hair dresser to give them haircuts!

    This activity helps children strengthen their fine motor skills. Yarn isn’t as easy to cut as paper, so it will take more finger strength to cut. That’s why this is such a great learning tool. It helps your child build up that finger dexterity.

    If you are short on time, I’ve got you covered with a free printable version of this activity! Read on below for more info!

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    Watch to See How You Can Make and Play This Scissor Skills Activity

    Spoon people are so fun to make – being able to give them a haircut takes this craft and play to the next level! Kiddos can get creative and draw their own faces on the spoons. As they cut their hair, ask them to tell you what color it is, and count how many pieces of yarn they cut off. So much to learn and enjoy!

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

    Watch to See How You Can Make and Play This Scissor Skills Activity

    Spoon people are so fun to make – being able to give them a haircut takes this craft and play to the next level! Kiddos can get creative and draw their own faces on the spoons. As they cut their hair, ask them to tell you what color it is, and count how many pieces of yarn they cut off. So much to learn and enjoy!

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

    A FREE Printable Version of This Scissor Skills Activity

    We understand that grown ups are busy and may need a shortcut to setting up an activity like this! We got you covered with this FREE printable!

    This printable is an even bigger version of this spoon salon. Kids can enjoy tracing the lines first in addition to cutting through the pattern!

    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

    Using markers, decorate the wooden spoons with faces.

    Step 2

    Glue Yarn on the top of the spoons as hair. For a fast dry, grown ups can use hot glue!

    Step 3

    Ask your child to give the spoon people a hair cut. Use toddler scissors for first-time cutters, or sharper ones for preschoolers and beyond. For a full list of our favorite supplies, visit our Arts and Craft Supply List.

    Step 4

    Optional: Print out the free haircut-themed printable and do another fun scissors activity.

    Step 1

    Using markers, decorate the wooden spoons with faces.

    Step 2

    Glue Yarn on the top of the spoons as hair. For a fast dry, grown ups can use hot glue!

    Step 3

    Ask your child to give the spoon people a hair cut. Use toddler scissors for first-time cutters, or sharper ones for preschoolers and beyond. For a full list of our favorite supplies, visit our Arts and Craft Supply List.

    Step 4

    Optional: Print out the free haircut-themed printable and do another fun scissors activity.

    Educational Benefits of The Spoon Salon

    This scissor skills activity can teach so much more than just how to cut!

    As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

    You can also explore emotions with this activity. Kids can learn about emotional awareness by drawing different feelings on the spoons. Make one spoon look sad, another one look happy, and so on.

    If you have older children, you can help them learn how to braid by braiding the yarn on the spoons.

    Educational Benefits of The Spoon Salon

    This scissor skills activity can teach so much more than just how to cut!

    As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

    You can also explore emotions with this activity. Kids can learn about emotional awareness by drawing different feelings on the spoons. Make one spoon look sad, another one look happy, and so on.

    Store-Bought Scissor Skills Activities

    Here are my top picks for scissor skill products 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!

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