Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Different Way to Practice Cutting

Work on Fine Motor Skills With Montessori-Inspired Cutting Paper Techniques
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!

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  2. Such a great activity! I will definitely have to do that one! Glad I found you from the Exposure 99% Blog Hop. You can find me at

  3. What a great idea for the little ones!
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  4. Love the idea! I'm a new follower from the Exposure 99% Blog Hop.

    Stop by my blog if you get a chance.

  5. that is an awesome idea!!! I am going to have to try that with my youngest! He doesn't know how to use the scissors yet, so he'd like this!

  6. What a fun activity! Will have to try it out with my son! :)

  7. That looks like so much fun! They learn the practice behind cutting before they are even able to use scissors. Great Idea. Thanks for linking up!

  8. That's a great idea...I will have to try that with my girls!Glad to be a new follower. You can follow me back at

  9. creative way to achieve dexterity. great idea, really. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherines Corner. Hugs and smooches and wishes for a wonderful weekend

  10. New follower from the blog hop, please follow back

  11. I've seen this before and think it's good fine motor practice and encourages focus!

  12. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!! We are definitely going to try this at our house.

  13. Great idea,thanks for joining my Valentine blog hop on Creative Mondays :)

  14. Great idea. I think even older ones might find it fun to try.

  15. Hmmmmm that is different way to cut! Great idea. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

  16. Oooh a great idea indeed! Seems to work well!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


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