St Partick’s Day is in just a few days! It’s the perfect time to grab a copy of our St Patrick’s Day cutting strips to practice those scissor skills. These printables are super easy to set up – just cut around the border to use them as cutting strips, or leave them as sheets and use them as tracing practice.

St Patrick’s Day Tracing or Cutting Strips

Age: 2+

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


I usually cut the strips out along the solid, darker line. Be sure to print these strips on thin paper (not photopaper or high gsm sheets).

Snipping Paper

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

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Children start by learning to snip then transition to cutting along lines. 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.

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!

You can use these for tracing or cutting. You can laminate them, and present with a dry erase marker for multiple uses. Or use a pen or pencil.

You can even use this as a worksheet and present it like this – as a quick little activity.

We normally cut them apart and keep them on a tray.

Funny story, I may or may not have promised Y he could have a few chocolate treats once I was finished with my photo shoot. I was taking photos of our works, one of which included these strips. I normally present the works for Yvann or the kids at school without taking photos – the first time is all about the moment and enjoying the material.

Later, I take photos myself with the lights and without the kids present. That’s why you normally don’t see cute little kid hands in my photos – the kids aren’t there. My husband and I don’t like our children’s faces to be all over the internet, and the kids I teach at school, I can’t photograph for obvious privacy reasons. Plus, the camera is just super distracting.

Anyway, this time, Y was really impatient for me to hurry up and grab the chocolates for him. “Here mom, let me do it. I will do it faster and then you can grab the chocolates for me.” And so he sat down, and started cutting so I could hurry up and finish the photos. Super convenient, right? He also got a little messy with his scissor grasp, but you get the idea 🙂

Get your set of St Patrick’s Day Cutting Strips

  • 6 snipping strips for tracing or cutting
  • 12 long strips for tracing or cutting
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St Patrick’s Day Cutting Strips

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