Scissor Practice Activity for Preschoolers- Cutting Practice Spider
We have had so much fun exploring fun ways to practice using scissors these past few weeks. Ever since reading about the subject in Ready for Kindergarten (affiliate link for your convenience) by Deborah Stewart I've been inspired to try to find more playful fine motor activities- although worksheets and printables can be fun too!
Lately yarn has become a favorite cutting material of Ladybug, who is three years old. She is also in that stage where intentionally falling down or watching someone fall down, makes her laugh a lot. We put these two together in an easy, giggle-inducing cutting practice activity.
All you need is a toy spider, yarn and scissors. We used the spider we made during our pouch craft cap craze but obviously pretty much any spider will do!
Tie the yarn to the spider and hold it up. Instruct your child to cut the yarn at the top so you can do it over and over. You can sing the itsy bitsy spider and cut it when the rain washes the spider out, but obviously it is not the rain. I highly recommend making goofy falling noises, like BONK! KABOOM! when the spider falls…in our house, it totally gets laughs. And you just can't beat laughing while learning! I could see this being a fun station at a Halloween playdate.
You can see the pile of yarn snippets on the table…yes we really cut the spider's web THAT many times, and then some! We didn't stop there either! Ladybug decided the yarn snippets looked like hair, so she figured out that she could use her fingers or the scissors to pick up the yarn cuttings and put them onto the spider, making a silly hairdo. When I saw her do that I got out some cupcake liners and she had fun putting the yarn into them. Never thought to use scissors in a transfer skills activity, but I'm so happy that Ladybug did!
If you liked this easy, fun fine motor activity, check out this cutting practice doll we made with yarn and shrinky dinks- it could easily be made into any character your child likes! I also shared a series of Fall Themed Fine Motor Activities.
I bet you would also enjoy my Fine Motor Fun Pinterest Board. I also really liked this list of cutting materials here at Little Stars Learning.
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Great activity and i am sure my daughter would enjoy it too! I am just not as good as crafting and creating things as i wished i was.
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What a great idea! I love your goofy falling noises! 🙂
This is awesome!! I loved your cutting practice doll too! 😉 I’m pinning this and sharing it on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page. Thanks for sharing it at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!
I finally had a chance to read this post as I have meaning to for awhile. Adorable idea! I will have to try this with my boys.
Silly is always a winner in this house!! Fantastic idea – and your little spider is adorable!
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I love how you make cutting practice so much fun! Thank you for sharing at our Pinning for Play link party!
What a great idea! I love the idea of adding a falling noise.
This is such a cute idea!! And cutting is always good to practice. Thanks for sharing at the Toddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party!
Such a cute idea!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
Thanks for sharing in the After School Linky Party! I love using the little lids for crafts too! You’ve been featured this week in a Roundup of Halloween Activities! Here’s the link http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-activities-for-kids-after.html
I love this!! I used to hold just the boring piece of string. Totally making this for when my youngest (10 months now) is ready for cutting practice.