Christmas Scissor Cutting Skills

Developing scissor skills doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a lengthy process that takes some kids more time than others.

One way to encourage kids to cut with scissors is to change the materials that are used to practice this skill often.

Here are some ways you can make cutting fun and exciting with a Christmas theme.

Christmas Scissor Skills and Cutting Practice Activities

Christmas Scissor Cutting Skills


I’ve discussed the importance and the sequence of cutting skills before.

Be sure to refer to the sequence to find out where your children are in their stage of development.

This open ended activity allows children to practice the scissor skills that match their abilities.

Supplies

  • Stickers (Walgreens)
  • Squares of Wrapping Paper (Target Dollar Spot)
  • Pieces of Holiday Ribbon (any dollar store)
  • Seasonal Paper Punches (Target Dollar Spot)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Old Christmas Cards
  • Construction Paper

Christmas Fine Motor Skills

Christmas Fine Motor Skills


To practice snipping skills, place Christmas themed stickers on a strip of construction paper and then draw a line in between each sticker.

Children will enjoy using their scissors to practice snipping on the lines.

Christmas Fine Motor Skill Development with Paper Punches

Paper Punches for Developing Fine Motor Skills


Once you show kids how to use paper punches they are fascinated with them.

The best part of using paper punches is that they are great for developing fine motor skills!

There are also pieces of ribbon in the Christmas cutting station that are perfect for practicing snipping skills.

Christmas Scissor Skills for Preschool

Cutting Christmas Cards


I started asking friends, family, and colleagues to collect old greeting cards years ago to use in my classroom.

I placed the greeting cards in my writing center and invited the children to write on them, cut them up, or use them in an art project.

Soon, I was receiving old greeting cards from entire church congregations across the country!

Kids love cutting out pictures of Santa, elves, reindeer, presents and more and gluing them on paper, then writing about their creations.

The benefit of using greeting cards instead of regular paper is that the cards are thicker and provide more resistance and stability to help beginners hold the paper and maneuver the scissors.

Christmas Fine Motor Skills Tearing Wrapping Paper

Tearing Wrapping Paper


Ripping and tearing paper is an excellent fine motor activity for young children.

When children rip and tear paper they have to grasp the paper with their fingers and move their hands in opposite directions which helps develop important bilateral coordination skills.

Invite children to rip wrapping paper and use the pieces to create a collage with glue.

Holiday Scissor Skills Cutting Practice

Cutting on the Lines


Remember, cutting right angles is one of the most difficult of tasks in the sequence of cutting skills.

If your children are ready to practice cutting right angles, trace a square on a piece of paper and place seasonal stickers along the lines.

The stickers will give the children something to focus on and will help them feel more confident as they cut towards a shorter goal.

More Christmas Resources:
Christmas Literacy Activities
Printable Christmas I-Spy Beginning Sounds
Printable Christmas Emergent Reader
Dramatic Play Holiday Wrapping Center
Elf of the Day Printable for Santa’s Workshop
DIY Holiday Bulletin Board Awning
Reindeer Play Dough Math Game

Christmas Pinterest Board
Follow my Christmas board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

Classroom Recipes: Pumpkin Playdough (2 Ingredients)

Kids love to create while they learn. Classroom recipes are the perfect way to make learning hands-on and memorable!

My boys love to make homemade playdough, especially pumpkin playdough!

This recipe is so easy and it only requires two ingredients. This makes it perfect for the classroom!

pumpkin playdough that only takes 2 ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • cornstarch (the amount will vary, we used about 2 cups+)

Dump the can of pumpkin puree into a bowl.

Begin to shake in the cornstarch about half a cup at a time.  Use a spoon or spatula to stir and combine.

use canned pumpkin to make natural playdiugh

Each brand of puree has a different level of moisture, so the amount of cornstarch will be based on it’s moisture level.

We used the Trader Joe brand puree and easily used 2 cups of cornstarch.

use cornstarch to make homemade playdough

Stir and add until it reaches a playdough-like texture.

Feel with your hands to ensure it is no longer sticky.

Keep adding cornstarch until it is no longer sticky.

If you accidentally add too much cornstarch, just add a few drops of water to soften it back up.

classroom recipes pumpkin playdough

The playdough should be the same consistency as regular store bough playdough.

Place it on a work station and let them play.

We used cookie cutters, rolling pins, Lego’s, etc., to make fun creations.

pumpkin play dough 2 ingredients

My boys loved this.

It is a great opportunity to work in some life skills and let them help “cook”.

pumpkin play dough

Store this in a Ziplock bag in the fridge for about 5 days.

Enjoy!

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Crystal is a Dallas Mom Blogger raising a houseful of boys. She is passionate about homeschooling her children, sharing activities for kids, as well as mommy resources and solutions like easy recipes for busy families.

Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Printable

Did you know visual discrimination skills are an important part of learning how to read?

Developing this skill requires a lot of practice identifying the similarities and differences in pictures and symbols.

These printable gingerbread visual discrimination task cards are perfect for a fairy tale or gingerbread theme in your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom.

Keep reading to download your set of printable gingerbread visual discrimination task cards!

Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Printable for Preschool and Kindergarten
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Visual Discrimination Skills

You may have noticed that young children often confuse letters, such as the uppercase F and uppercase E. These two letters are very similar visually, with one exception.

A young child who needs more practice developing visual discrimination skills may confuse letters that have similar characteristics.

You can help your children develop visual discrimination skills by using activities that require them to closely look at pictures to identify the similarities and differences. These types of activities will help young children learn how to fluently identify letters and numbers.

Supplies Needed
Small manipulatives such as those listed below can be used to mark the pictures that are the same on each task card.

Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Activity

Start by printing the pages on cardstock. Print as many copies as you will need for a small group activity.

Each page contains two different task cards, laminate the pages for durability and cut in half.

Next, place some small manipulatives like Unifix cubes, bingo chips, or flat floral marbles in the middle of your small group area so all the children in your small group can easily reach them.

Now, demonstrate for the children how to look carefully at each card and find the two pictures that are the same. Show them how to put one manipulative on top of each of the pictures that are the same on their task card.

Invite the children to describe the images on the task card and find the two that are the same.

Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Activity for Preschool and Kindergarten

Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Activity

To play, give one task card to each child in the group and invite the children to place one manipulative on top of each of the images on their task cards that are the same.

This activity is quick, so be sure to explain to the children that their cards can be traded with a friend after they have identified and marked the images.

You can also make an entire set of cards for each child in your small group. Hole punch each set of cards in the upper left corner and place the set on a book ring to create individual booklets. When a child completes a card he or she can flip to the next page in the booklet.

Gingerbread Visual Discrimination Printable

Gingerbread Same and Different Printable Activity for Preschool

To download the gingerbread visual discrimination printable click on the picture above.

More Gingerbread Resources:
Best Gingerbread Books for Kids
How to Make a Gingerbread Baby House
Gingerbread Characters Printable
Gingerbread Pocket Chart Game

Gingerbread Activities on Pinterest
Follow my Gingerbread board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

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