My son is obsessed with scissors. Do I say that every single time I share a cutting practice work? Yes, yes I do because the scissors obsession is still going full force.
In all honesty, Mr. Toddler’s love of sharp, shiny things
kind of totally frightens me. That is why we have been focusing so much on practical life skills pertaining to proper and safe use of scissors and knives.
Note: The latter, I don’t tend to show because, well, we do our activities at home, so they aren’t on shelves, but spur of the moment, real life food prep. And whenever my 2.5 year old uses a knife (butter knife, or special kids knife, no chef’s knives or anything!), I am there watching to make sure he’s safe so photos… can’t happen. If you are interested in seeing more food prep/knife practice activities, leave a comment and I can recreate the types of works to demonstrate!
St Patrick’s Day Activities: cutting strips
Today, I am sharing a cutting practice work that is a great way to let little hands practice using scissors in a fun way!
This cutting practice work is a simple, Montessori inspired activity that Mr. Toddler has been loving. I’ve even had to reprint our printables a few times! The rainbows and ‘leaves’ as Mr. Toddler calls them were a fun addition to paper cutting that really grabbed his attention and got him excited to practice!
I try to set up our works so that Mr. Toddler has to move left to right. This is because we read left to right. It’s taken me a bit of time to adjust to this for some reason, but really, works should be set up left to right in a Montessori setting.
The white bowl is for placing the cards after Mr. Toddler cuts them. If your kids can cut the cards without tearing the images, they could be used for patterning afterwards!
A practical life and math work in one!
I also set up a simple extension for Mr. Toddler using some ribbon!
Since he loves cutting so much, I added a few new components so he could really get some great practice in! I kept the colours gold and green because of our Saint Patrick’s Day theme.
He was so excited to get started with this work and immediately came over to explore the materials. Perhaps he thought they were too pretty to cut because he ended up choosing a different work after he thoroughly examined each type of ribbon!
That sentiment changed quickly though and Mr. Toddler gave the ribbon a try, as well. It proved to be much more challenging that the paper, and this is definitely something we’ll be working on again in the future!
Free Saint Patrick’s Day printables
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