Thursday, January 19, 2012
A Different Way to Practice Cutting
I visited a Montessori preschool last year and although it was too far to drive so we didn't end up going there, they had some really neat activities that I now do at home occasionally. One activity they did with the kids was a new way to cut. The teacher traced something onto a piece of paper and then the child used a push pin to make hundreds of tiny holes on the line. I watched a kid spend quite awhile working on his line and now my daughter does the same thing. We place the tracing on the carpet and then my daughter uses a large push pin. It's fun to watch because it takes a lot of concentration and fine motor skill and I can just see her getting stronger and smarter!!
Once there are enough holes (and when my daughter gets bored), I can take over and use the Push Pin to "cut out" the tracing. I just slide the Push Pin all around and the heart easily comes out and now my daughter is so proud that she "cut out" the hear using her Push Pin!