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Valentine’s Day Cutting Practice Activities- Fine Motor Fridays

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TGIFMF! This Fine Motor Fridays post focuses on Valentine's Day Cutting Practice but you can add in paper punching, pasting and coloring depending on what you have on hand. I like to think of these as CUT-Punch-PASTE art projects, which we have done before and really enjoyed.

Valentine's Day Fine Motor Activities for Kids with Cutting Paste and Punch from Lalymom

These could be used as kid-made Valentine's Day gifts, decorations, or even a class project. As always, adapt the activity to your child's ability and be sure to supervise the activity. Since you will be there anyway, what a great excuse to craft along with your child!

For each of these art projects you will need these materials, but feel free to adapt it based on what you have on hand:

Construction paper or colored card stock

Kid Scissors


Glue stick

Paper Punch (Optional. We have a small heart shaped one from the bargain bin at Michaels, but any shape you like would be fine!)

Valentines Day Cutting Practice Garland CUT Punch Paste Art Project from Lalymom

Valentine's Day Cutting Practice Garland

Prep the paper by folding it into fourths, like an accordion. Draw hearts on one exposed section, allowing the two sides of each heart to go off the edge. Invite your child to cut the lines you drew, helping if necessary. My daughter could do the straight lines at the bottom of the heart herself but asked for help holding the paper while she cut the curved parts.

Once cut, unfold the hearts and show your child how to punch holes with the paper punch. Once you have various colors cut out and punched, you can use the small punched hearts to decorate the garland. Just glue them on using a glue stick. You can leave them in four heart segments or glue the edges together to make a longer garland.

Valentine's Day Crown Fine Motor Skills Art Project from Lalymom

Valentine's Day Cutting Practice Crown

Prep the paper by drawing two straight, curved or zigzagged lines down the length of the paper (depending on your preferred crown shape). Invite your child to cut the lines.

Once cut, the two outer pieces of paper are the front and back of the crown (the middle is scrap and can be used for paper punching or saved for another project. Or you could cut the paper in half initially and cut two thinner crowns from one piece of paper.)

Use paper punches to punch shapes of paper to glue onto the crown or use stickers if you prefer. Crayons or markers can also be used for decoration. Once they are decorated, glue the ends of the front to the ends of the back, checking the fit, overlapping the ends to adjust. Allow for dry time before wearing!

Valentines CUT Punch PASTE Art Projects Candy Wrapper from Lalymom

Valentine's Day Cutting Practice Candy Bar Wrappers

You can actually try to use the included paper wrapper for this to make it even more economical.

Carefully separate the glued ends of the paper wrapper, flip it over to the white side and punch holes, decorate and glue it back onto the chocolate bar.

For added scissors practice, draw lines on your construction paper based on how large of a wrapper you need. Invite the child to cut on the lines, use paper punches & glue stick, sticker and crayons to decorate it. Invite your child to glue the end of the wrapper and wrap it around the chocolate bar.

Valentine's Day Cutting Practice Heart Mask from LalymomValentine's Day Cutting Practice Heart Mask

Okay, this one turned out a little odd looking, I'll admit. But Ladybug enjoyed making it and wearing it and in case you see it and think of something amazing because of it…I'm including it.

To make this, fold your paper in half, draw a large heart for the face (I started with one that covered the whole page but found that to be too big…half to two thirds the page is better). Add half a heart for the mouth and nose, then a whole heart touching the fold for the eyes.

Invite your child to cut out the lines, punch holes for the string, tie it on and you've got a heart mask!

Valentine's Day Cutting Practice Ideas for kids from Lalymom

We like our art projects around here, and I love sneaking in extra fine motor skills. If you have one that you'd like to share, please share it on the Lalymom Facebook page or email me! Thanks for coming by, Happy Valentine's Day!

If you like these activities please do pin away!

4 Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids on Lalymom.com - these are so cute!

Fine Motor Fridays

Fine Motor Fridays

It is Friday so that means it is time again for our collaborative Fine Motor Fridays Series. We are happily growing again this week with another FMF Mama being added to the group. Please welcome Blayne from House of Burke and stick around her site to see all the awesomeness to be found there!

Without further ado, here are the other fun Fine Motor Skills Activities from my Fine Motor Fridays Friends and be sure to follow all of the fun on our pinterest board!

Valentines Fine Motor Play from Craftulate

Coloring Snow with a Dropper from Stir the Wonder

Simple Valentines Fine Motor Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands

DIY Puzzle in a Box @ School Time Snippets

Pipe Cleaner Loops from P is for Preschooler

Edible No-Cook Nutella Playdough from Still Playing School

Light Bright Geoboard from And Next Comes L

Fine Motor Heart Stamping from House of Burke

 Fine Motor Fridays Pinterest Board

Thanks for reading my post today! If you enjoy trying simple, playful fine motor activities with your kids, check out our Fine Motor Fridays book!

99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 - Available in Print, Kindle and eBook editions on Lalymom.com

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