Pirate cutting practice strips are perfect for practicing fine motor and scissor skills in a variety of ways. Once you’re done here, be sure to check out the rest of my free preschool printables for even more classroom ideas.
Integrate the pirate tracing sheets into your next preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten pirate theme. They’re incredibly low-prep, so you can have them ready to go tomorrow. Plus, you can differentiate how you use the pirate cutting strips based on your students’ individual needs.
Read below for directions and tips for using the pirate tracing sheets. Then head to the bottom of this post to request your own copy of the printable.
Pirate Cutting Practice
I enjoy making simple printables like this for young children. The images add a touch of whimsy and engage the kids. And I like being able to use them in a multitude of ways. That’s one of the big differences between printables and preschool worksheets – there isn’t just one “right” way to use them.
How to Prep the Pirate Tracing Sheets
Start off by gathering the materials you’ll need to prep the strips. You don’t need much! Here’s what I generally use (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
Since you’re already grabbing items, why not pick up some things to use with the pirate cutting practice sheets. Here are some ideas:
Then it’s time to prep! As I mentioned earlier, the pirate cutting strips are very low-prep. You just need to:
- Request the printable via the form at the bottom of this post.
- Download it to your computer and print.
- Cut the pages apart into individual strips.
- Laminate or place in dry erase pockets (if you want them to be reusable).
Now you’re ready to call your students over!
How to Use the Pirate Cutting Practice Sheets
Tell the kids they get to be pirates on their way to buried treasure. You can even call these tracing sheets “treasure maps” of sort. I know the children will get a kick out of that!
Once your little pirates are ready to go, there are so many possibilities for using these pirate tracing sheets. Here are some ideas:
- Let kids cut along the dotted lines. This provides tons of cutting practice!
- Have children use dry erase markers to trace over the lines.
- Give the little scallywags some gold coins to place over the lines.
- Pair the pirate cutting practice printable with a simple sand tray. Then challenge the kids to make patterns in the tray, using the strips as visual cues.
- Place glitter glue on the lines and let them dry. Your kids can then trace over the lines with their fingers.
As the kids are using the cutting strips, be sure to guide them in moving from left to right.
And, of course, those aren’t the only ways you can use the pirate tracing sheets. I’m sure you and your students will come up with even more ideas! If so, be sure to tell me about them in the comments below.
What are Kids Learning with the Pirate Tracing Printable?
In addition to just being fun for the kids, the pirate cutting practice pages help kids work on:
- Cutting skills, of course
- Fine motor skills
- Hand and finger strengthening
- Left-to-right directionality
Those fine motor muscles and skills are so important when it comes to future reading and writing. And they aid in young children being able to manipulate things like zippers and buttons, which are important for basic life skills.
See what I mean? Even a little pirate-themed printable like this can do so much for your students. In a fun and hands-on way!
What Comes in the Printable Pirate Cutting Activity?
The pirate cutting practice comes with 4 color pages, each with 3 strips. This gives you a total of 12 pirate tracing strips to use with your students!
They include a variation of pirate-themed images, along with dotted lines for the kids to follow. Challenge your students to do things like:
- Get the hat to the pirate.
- Move the pirate ship to the island.
- Reunite the pirate with its pirate.
- Use the treasure map to find the treasure chest.
Fine Motor Cutting Practice Sheets Video
I don’t have a video specifically for the pirate-themed cutting strips. But I do have one for my fall cutting strips. I think the video gives you a good look at the printables in action:
More Pirate Activities for Kids
If the pirate cutting practice is a hit with your students, I think they’ll love these ideas, too:
- Pirate Printable Book
- Beginning Sounds Treasure Hunt
- Pirate Messy Play
- Count and Cover Pirate Numbers
- Pirate Sensory Bottle
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