It’s the dead of summer and your child needs to spend some time inside, out of the heat. You have already taught them the basics of how to use scissors properly and safely, as was covered in our previous post, but how proficient are they? Can they cut on a line? Here are a few fun activities from OT Mom Learning Activities to keep your children enjoying their summer out of the hot sun for a bit and practicing with scissors to prepare them for the coming school year.
- Paper chain. Have your child cut out rectangles of varying lengths and approximately an inch in width. Staple or tape in loops and link together to make a chain to brighten a room or use as décor for a party.
- Spider. Draw a circle on one piece of paper and nine lines length-wise on another piece of paper for your child to cut out. When your child is finished, there should be eight rectangles for legs and a large circle for a face. Encourage your child to be creative in drawing the face on the circle and decorating the legs. Tape or staple the legs to the circle and bend each “leg” near the top and bottom to create joints and feet. Finally, staple or tape a strip of paper in the center to simulate a strand of the spider’s “web,” which the child can hold on to and use to dangle the spider.
- Caterpillar. Draw five or six circles of approximately the same size for your child to cut out and decorate. One circle should be decorated as a face. When finished decorating, tape together. You can also add pipe-cleaners to the head for feelers or to the first and last segments as feet.
As your child progresses in skill draw more challenging objects, such as fruit, or smaller objects, like windows in the side of a paper house, to create more of a challenge. Cutting out characters from coloring books can also be particularly challenging as your child improves upon his scissor skills.
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