With Chinese New Year approaching (on February 16!), I am having a lot of fun preparing different China and Chinese New Year activities for my children. Today,  I want to share a super simple freebie you can use to help your students work on their handwriting or scissor skills! It’s another set of Tracing or Cutting Strips with a cute Chinese New Year theme!

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Chinese New Year Tracing or Cutting Strips

Age: 2+

Why: Practice scissor skills, using proper and safe grasp while neatly cutting along the dashed line.

Toddlers and children learning to use scissors, first learn to ‘snip’ paper rather than cut along a longer line. These printables are perfect for children learning to snip or transitioning to cutting along lines.

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Strips such as these provide opportunities for working on scissor grasp with a visually appealing pattern.

Note: When presenting cutting strips, be sure to provide a bowl or plate for your child to place the cut pieces.

After the child snips the pieces of paper, you can use them to create a patterning work, or have the child glue the pieces onto a  paper to create a work of art.

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Tracing Patterns

Aside from the cutting strips for snipping, this set also comes with two pages of increasingly difficult pattern lines to cut along. These come in stages of increasingly complicated patterns to follow!

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You can use these for tracing or cutting. You can laminate them, and present with a dry erase marker for multiple use. Or use a pen or pencil. Here, you can see how I took these on the go – simply punch a hole in the upper, left-hand corner and add a ring.

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Of course, Natasha wanted in on the action. This little lady is really into writing and drawing. She sees me making to-do lists or writing in my idea notebook for this site pretty much all the time. Her favourite place to work on her handwriting is of course in my notebook.* So in between brilliant ideas for printables, we have her gorgeous artistic creations.

*Please do note, I am only kidding – Natasha is one year old so we are not really working on her handwriting. I do let her use a pen and draw in my notebook because she enjoys it and wants to emulate me. This isn’t academic 😉 I am not encouraging you to work on handwriting with a  toddler.

And here she is taking apart my studio. Just a bit of a behind the scenes look at how things go around here.

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Download Your Free Chinese New Year Printables

Chinese New Year Cutting or Tracing Strips


  • 6 Chinese New Year themed snipping strips
  • Total of 12 cutting or writing strips in increasingly difficult progression (6 different patterns)

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Chinese New Year Cutting Strips

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