Paper Cutting Station

Activities for ages 3 to 6.

Teaching kids to cut with scissors is an important life skill and helps build fine motor strength and hand eye coordination they’ll need for writing alphabet letters and words later.

But if handing over a pair of blades to young kids sounds intimidating, you’ve come to the right spot! Find out how to teach kids to cut with scissors from beginning to end – what to do before passing out pairs of blades, our favorite pair of starter scissors… Plus download a free printable you can use to make a motivating paper cutting station kids will love!

This post contains an Amazon affiliate link for kids’ scissors.

Before Cutting with Scissors

It may surprise you to learn that common arts and crafts techniques actually help little hands get ready for scissor cutting.

Ripping Paper

Having kids rip paper works their tripod grasp – the same grip they’ll use when cutting with scissors – by having them pinch together their thumb and the first two fingers. If your kids are new to paper ripping, have them practice on lightweight tissue or copy paper. As their strength and coordination builds, hand over thicker construction paper or cardstock.

Kneading Playdough

Then whip up a batch of easy homemade playdough for kids to pinch, knead and squish. Cookie cutters and stamps are always a fun addition to a playdough center and, if you’re in a creative play kinda’ mood, print and laminate a few playdough mats.

Stickers and Turkey Basters

Attaching stickers to paper is awesome scissor-prep and squeezing turkey basters and glue bottles is great for little hands too.
Thanksgiving Fine Motor Game: Turkey Baster Squeeze

DIY Paper Cutting Station

When kids are ready to work with scissors, be sure to give them a pair of high quality ones that open and close easily so that they don’t become frustrated.

Fiskars classic blunt tip scissors are my favorite. {Amazon link.}

Print off the paper cutting download on bright Astrobrights paper to add a fun pop of color.

Then use a paper cutter to slice along the grey horizontal lines and separate the sheets into strips.

When you’re ready, have kids grab a strip and practice snipping their scissors by opening and closing the blades to cut along the black line.

Although cutting may be challenging at first, you’ll be amazed how quickly children will build enough hand strength to cut longer lines.

Scissor Grip

When it comes to learning how to cut with scissors, practice really does make perfect. To ensure proper scissor grip, have kids slide their first two fingers into the long, oval shaped handle and their thumb into the round one.

Then show them how to turn their hand to the side so that their thumb is on top. This smiley face trick from Happy Hooligans is a brilliant way to help kids remember to keep their wrist rotated.

Snag Your Download

Ready to start cutting?! Click the blue button below to download your copy and then hop over and grab our popular Playdough Mat pack too. Fine motor practice has never been so fun!

 

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Hi, I’m Malia.

I’m a National Board Certified Teacher and love showing Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers easy-to-follow systems for getting EVERY student bigger results.