21+ Exciting Cutting Practice Activities for Preschoolers

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INSIDE: 21+ Super fun cutting practice for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Great ways to help your little one get lots of practice using scissors.

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

If you are looking for more information about teaching your little one how to use scissors at home, you can find it here.

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

5 Tips for Teaching Scissor Skills

Teaching scissor skills at home is a great way to prepare your little one for preschool and/or kindergarten. You are setting them up for success when they enter the school system.

Here are my tips for teaching scissors skills at home.

1. Put the Scissors Down

Sometimes when starting to learn how to use scissors, putting them down and strengthening fine motor skills first, is the key. You can easily do this through fine motor skill activities such as playing with playdough. Another great pre-scissors activity is tearing paper.

2. Get the Right Pair

Unfortunately, there isn’t the perfect pair of scissors that is right for every kid. I have three kids and each one prefers a different pair. The best pair of scissors for your child is one that fits their hand. Sometimes you may have to test out a few.

Here is a selection of my favourite scissors for preschoolers and kindergartners.

3. Don’t Just Cut Paper

Let your little one cut things other than paper. Cutting playdough (I know, playdough again but I’m a real fan!) is a great option, so is cooked spaghetti. Cutting things other than paper is a great way to help develop the hand-eye coordination without the stress of having to cut paper.

4. You May Have to Help Out

When my little ones were first learning to use scissors, my job wasn’t just to show them what to do it was also to be the royal paper holder! If they were cutting playdough, I held it for them. If it was string, I held it, and definitely if it was paper.

When they were first learning, holding the item and cutting it was a bit too tricky for for and led to lots of frustration. So help take away the frustration some kids have with learning to use scissors and hold the item while they cut. Once they improve their dexterity in their hands and fingers they will be able to hold the item and cut it at the same time.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

Learning to use scissors isn’t going to happen in a day, nor will it happen in a month, year or even two years. Scissor skills is something they will have to develop for years. I still give my seven year old scissor skills practice activities to help improve her skills.

But armed with these fun and easy activities you will have lots of ways to let them practice for years to come!

What are your scissor skills tips that worked for your little one at home? Share them below!

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

21+ Fun Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

  1. Monster Hair Cutting Activity
  2. Octopus Scissor Practice Activity
  1. Baby Doll Haircuts Activity
  2. Washi Tape Cutting
  3. Pool Noodle Hair Cuts
  1. Cutting Practice Made Fun! by Days with Grey
  2. Giant Cut and Reveal {Scissor Skills Practice} by Little Pine Learners
  3. Haircut Scissor Practice By 7Days of Play
  1. Raindrop Shapes – Happy Tot Shelf
  2. Spaghetti Cutting Bin – Scissor Skills Activity – Busy Toddler
  3. Scissor Skills Practice Lion Craft – No Time For Flash Cards
  4. Aluminium foil cutting activity for toddlers – Sparkling Buds
  5. Strengthening Scissor Skills with Play Dough – Mama.Papa.Bubba
  6. Paper Plate Hair Cutting Activity – The Pintersted Parent
  7. TP Haircuts Activity – A Crafty Living

Seasonal Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

  1. Follow Your Heart – Valentine’s Scissor Practice
  2. Cut The Leprechaun’s Beard Fine Motor Activity
  3. Turkey Haircuts: Thanksgiving Cutting Activity
  4. Thanksgiving Cutting Activity
  5. Leaf Cutting Activity
  6. Leaf Cutting Tray
  7. Halloween Scissor Skills DIY Cutting Cards
  8. Cut Santa’s Beard Fine Motor Activity
Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

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Age Suitability

My kids are 7 years old and 3 years old (twins). These cutting activities are great for preschoolers 3 old and up, with assistance.


Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

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