Use these fall cutting strips for scissor skills and fine motor practice in a variety of ways. I think they’re a great addition to your other fun fall activities for preschoolers.
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Do you know what you need to do if you want the children to practice their scissor skills? Yes . . . let them use scissors!
Using play dough scissors is one of the best ways to get started with this, in my opinion. They can get used to the grip and movement of scissors without the sharp edges.
Then move onto blank paper. Give the kids strips of colorful construction paper and just let them cut, cut, cut! You can assist them with holding the scissors and how to use them along the way, of course.
After that, incorporate cutting into craft and art projects too. This way the kids can be creative and practice using scissors in a meaningful, no-pressure experience.
Another way to entice those little fingers to cut is by giving them fun and funky patterns for their scissors to follow! These patterns let the children hone their scissor skills in a colorful and engaging way.
Fall Cutting Strips
That’s where these fall fine motor strips come into play. The kids can follow the simple patterns as they practice using scissors.
PLUS, you can use the printable cards for more than just cutting. I love printables that can be used in variety of ways.
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Fall Fine Motor Materials
Here are the basic items I suggest you use alongside the fall cutting strips. You can make adjustments to the list as you see fit.
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You can definitely add different manipulatives to the fall cards. Some ideas to consider:
How to Prep the Fall Pre-Writing Printable
Print out the pages you’d like to use with your students. There are a total of 11 strips on 4 pages.
Cut the pages apart into individual fall cutting strips.
If you want the strips to be consumable, leave them as is. Just make sure you have enough for every child in your class.
If you want them to be reusable, decide how you’re going to protect the printables. You can place them in dry erase pockets, or you can laminate the strips.
Then gather the rest of your materials, like scissors and manipulatives, and you’re good to go!
Playing and Learning with Fall Tracing Strips
As I mentioned earlier, you can use this free printable in a multitude of ways. I’ll outline a few suggestions below, but you might come up with something completely different. (If so, share it with me in the comments. I love new ideas!)
First, you can definitely use the fall cutting strips as . . . well, cutting strips. Challenge the kids to get the fall leaves to the raking kids by cutting along the dotted lines. Simple cutting skills practice at its finest.
Another idea is rainbow tracing over the patterns. Grab some crayons in fall colors for the kids. They can follow the dotted lines in red, yellow, orange, green, and brown. The friction from the crayons will help cement those pre-writing skills.
A third option is to pair the strips with manipulatives. We’re big fans of mini erasers over here, so that’s something we definitely tried. You can also use small fall-themed objects, like pompoms, acorns, or tiny pinecones. More traditional manipulatives, like Unifix cubes, work well too.
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If the fine motor strips are laminated or in dry erase pockets, the kids can use dry erase markers to trace over the patterns. Then give them a fun way to erase the line, like small pompoms or erasers.
One final idea from me: use the fall cutting strips with sensory writing trays. Put your favorite fall-themed sensory filler into a shallow tray. Then have the kids make the patterns from the cards in the sensory tray.
Wondering what the kids are learning with these simple printable strips? They’re getting to practice their fine motor skills in so many different ways. This helps the small muscles in their hands develop in dexterity, which prepares the kids’ hands for writing down the line.
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I can’t wait to hear how you use the fall fine motor printable with your students!