When a child receives his first pair of safety scissors, it means dad trusts him not snip his fingers, and that's a really big accomplishment in the mind of youngster. Cutting and pasting activities help your child develop fine motor skills by cutting pictures out of magazines and pasting them in a variety of designs. It also gives him a creative outlet to express himself.
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Improving Your Child’s Scissor Skills
If your child is new to safety scissors, let him practice to improve his skills and confidence. Using a ruler, draw four, equally spaced vertical lines on several pieces of colored construction paper. Now draw the same number of equally spaced horizontal lines. Ask your child to first cut out all the vertical pieces, and then have her cut on all of the remaining lines. Have her paste all of the colored paper pieces to a large piece of white butcher paper. You can easily frame her work of art with strips of black construction paper pasted to all four sides of the butcher paper.
Cutting and pasting animals, alphabets, shapes and color blocks from worksheets gives your child an entire theme to work with. One sample cut-and-paste theme from Kidscanhavefun.com is a fruit salad worksheet with pictures of a large bowl and seven pieces of fruit. Your child colors the items, cuts them and pastes them in the bowl. These cutting and pasting activities teach your child the concept of opposites and concepts related to matching and placement.
Cut and Paste Place Mats
Seasonal crafts would be so ho hum without the benefit of scissors and paste. Your kids can make your Thanksgiving really come alive with homemade placemats. Cut out an appropriate number of sheets from white butcher paper, cutting them to the size of a traditional place mat. Have your child cut out pictures of food from an assortment of magazines, then paste the pictures to the place mats. Ensure the pictures overlap each other. For emphasis, you can outline each picture with a black, silver or gold permanent marker.
Decorate a Bulletin Board
Cover a cork bulletin board with white butcher paper. If it's spring or summer, ask your child to look through a few old magazines and cut out pictures of plants she would like to put in a garden. Ask her to paste the pictures in rows on the board, like a garden. If it's fall or winter, draw pictures of leaves, apples and pumpkins on orange, red, green and yellow construction paper. Ask your child to cut out the items and paste them to the bulletin board. Paste a 2-inch border of green construction paper to complete the project.