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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17 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I awarded you the Versatile blog award! Check it out at http://www.mybizarrefamily.com/2012/01/i-received-award.html

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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 www.lucasandmahina.com.

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  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!

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  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 http://thelittlelilypad.blogsot.com

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  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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