Monster Scissor Skills

I love Halloween crafts so much! I think that one of the main reasons why they are so fun is that you get to use googly eyes – lots of them. Googly eyes make your monsters, ghosts and ghouls look Halloween spooky, but also kind of cute. If you don’t have googly eyes at home for your Halloween crafts, then this FREE printable worksheet might be perfect for you.

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Here is the FREE printable worksheet file:

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Halloween Scissor Skills for Kids

I love easy scissor skill activities for kids and I love Halloween! Even though Halloween is not a huge thing here in Australia, we still love to celebrate and acknowledge this fun holiday! In this activity, you will be able to color your very own spider web and then practice scissor skills to make an adorable paper spider. You can make one of these colorful rainbow spooky spider webs from scratch or you can scroll down for your own FREE printable worksheet copy!

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This is what you will need:

White computer paper

Black marker pen

Colorful crayons, pencils or marker pens

Toilet paper roll or similar cardboard tube

Black construction paper

Scissors

Gluestick

Googly eyes

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Draw a spider web onto your piece of white computer paper with black marker pen or print out the FREE spider web printable below. Then color in the web with lots of bright colors. You can use crayons, pencil, marker pens or even oil pastels to color your web.

Here is the FREE spider web worksheet for you:

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2. Next, make your spiders. To do this, cut an empty toilet roll holder in half and cover with black construction paper. Position the spiders under the web and glue in place. Then add some googly eyes and black strips of paper for legs. To finish, take your black marker pen and draw a line connecting your spider to the rainbow web. If you don’t have a cardboard tube, use the FREE template to make your spider.

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Easy Math for Kids with Dominoes

Dominoes are such a great learning tool for kids. As well as helping preschoolers develop number recognition, they also help teach patterns, subitizing, 1:1 correspondence and even fine motor skills. There is such a lot of learning in such a simple toy! In the following activities, I actually use paper dominoes that I have made into a printable worksheet. You can scroll down for your own FREE copy if you would like.

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This is what you will need:

Dominoes

Pom poms

Tweezers (optional)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Print out your FREE copy of the paper dominoes and carefully cut around each individual piece with scissors. Match pom poms to the dots on the dominoes. Count the dots and pom poms as you go.

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2. You may like to extend the activity by making it into a rescue game. To do this, place a dominoes piece into each well of a muffin tray. Add some pom poms to each well and then tape down some layers of sticky tape.

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3. Then carefully snip away the washi tape to reveal your dominoes and pom poms. Once the playing pieces are revealed, match the pom poms to the dominoes.

!WARNING! Remember that scissors are sharp! Always supervise children when they are using scissors!

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Here is your FREE printable download:

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Rainbow Scissors Skills for Kids

We LOVE practicing our scissor skills and this activity is one of the most fun and easy ways for kids to develop their fine motor and scissor snipping accuracy. You will only need some colored paper, a glue stick and a marker pen for this activity. And, if you don’t have time to put one of these rainbows together for yourself, scroll down for my free printable version.

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

White printer paper

Scissors

Black marker pen

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a cloud shape from a piece of white paper. Cut strips of colored construction paper and attach them to the back of the cloud. You can use a glue stick or tape to attach your colored strips.

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2. Take your marker pen and add some different line patterns to each strip of paper.

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3. Take your scissors and carefully snip along the lines on the colored strips.

!WARNING! Remember that scissors are sharp. Always be very careful when using scissors and remember that adult supervision is always required when children are using scissors!

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Here is your FREE printable version of the activity:

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Easy Greater than, Less than Math for Kids

I loved learning about greater than and less than numbers when I was at school. My teacher had this really neat way of teaching us the underlying principals. She used this cute crocodile analogy to show us that the crocodiles open mouth pointed to the bigger number! It’s something I still remember to this day, and has proven a great way to help my children learn these math basics.

You can easily make one of these crocodiles with some craft sticks, or scroll down below to find a FREE printable version of the activity.

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

White computer paper

Clear sticky contact or packing tape

Green craft sticks

Googly eyes

Scissors

Blue tack or a glue stick

Dry erase or white board marker

Washi tape (optional)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Start by making your game board. To do this, paste down two squares of white paper onto the recycled cardboard. Cover these squares with clear contact or packing tape to make a wipeable board. You can then write the number of blocks you will need to build in each square with white board marker.

Next, make the crocodile. To do this, take two craft sticks and use blue-tack or a glue stick to attach two googly eyes. Cut a strip of sharp white teeth from the your left over white computer paper.

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2. Collect some blocks – we used Duplo blocks, and then you are ready to play. Build your towers and move your crocodile mouth to point to the largest tower.

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Here is your FREE printable version of this activity:

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Easy Number Match for Kids

This fun and easy math activity is perfect for developing early numeracy skills for kids. It’s great for practicing number recognition, subitising, 1:1 correspondence and even fine motor skills. Best of all, you will only need a few easy to find materials to put one of these cute caterpillars together.

If you don’t have time to make your own number caterpillar you can scroll down for your own FREE printable worksheet. It will save you heaps of time and will be just as fun to make.

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This is what you will need

White computer paper

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Black marker pen or sticker dots

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Trace white circles and use your marker pen to add number groups to each circle. Then arrange on a piece of paper to resemble a caterpillar.

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2. Cut a second group of circles from colored construction paper and label with numbers using your black marker pen.

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3. Match your colored circles to the white circles to make a colored caterpillar.

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Here is your free printable version of this activity. It’s very cute!

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Lion Scissor Skills for Kids

This super cute activity is great for helping kids develop their scissors skills. It is a really quick activity to put together and only requires a couple of easily accessible materials. You will only need some paper, a marker pen, scissors and a glue stick. The end result is a super cute piece of art too!

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Black marker pen

Gluestick

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!WARNING! Remember that scissors are sharp. Adult supervision is always required when children are using scissors!

This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut circles from orange and yellow paper. You might like to trace a circle onto the paper first to help with the cutting. For each lion, you will need one large circle and one smaller circle.

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2. Use the glue stick to paste the smaller circle into the center of the larger circle.

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3. Using a black marker pen, draw a face on the lion.

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4. Grab a pair of child safe scissors and snip from the outside of the larger circle to the smaller circle. Keep cutting until you have snipped around the entire circle.

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5. Paste your lion down onto a piece of colored paper using your glue stick.

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If you would like a copy of the FREE printable version of this activity, download the file below.

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Cupcake Counting Activity for Kids

We loved this fun counting and early numeracy game for kids! It was super easy to put together and was a fun way to recycle a piece of cardboard. It is also a mess-free activity and once made, the game board can be played with over and over again.

If you don’t have time to make your own game board or you would prefer the FREE printable version, simply scroll down for your copy.

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Marker pen

Pom poms

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut some cupcake shapes from colored construction paper and paste them onto your piece of recycled cardboard. You could also draw them with marker pens. To be honest, this will probably be a lot quicker and easier than cutting the paper ones out ๐Ÿ˜‰

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2. Label each cupcake with a number. The number will correspond to the number of pom poms you will add to each cupcake.

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3. Grab some pom poms and place the corresponding number onto each labelled cupcake.

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Here are the FREE printable files:

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Car parking lot number game for kids

Number car parking lots are so fun to play with and are a great way to encourage kids to learn early numeracy skills like number recognition, subitising and 1:1 correspondence. They are also so easy to make. And if you don’t have time to make your own from scratch, scroll down for your FREE copy of my cute parking lot template.

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This is what you will need:

Printed copy of the FREE template

Toy cars

Sticker sheet

Marker pen

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This is what you will need:

  1. Print out a copy of the parking lot worksheet. You will find it here:
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2. Use your marker pen to make dots on the stickers. Attach them to your cars.

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3. Simply play! Drive your cars into the parking lots and match the number of dots on each car to its corresponding car parking spot.

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DIY Fishing Game for Kids

DIY fishing games are a wonderful way for children to build and explore many developmental skills including fine motor skills, motor strength, hand eye coordination, problem solving and even some early math and literacy skills.

This DIY fishing game is the easiest to put together and lots of fun to play. And if you don’t have time to make your own game from scratch, scroll down to the end of this article for a FREE printable version.

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What you will need:

Empty cardboard box (a cereal box would be perfect)

Colored paper

Tissue paper confetti (optional)

Scissors

Marker pen

Paper clips

Magnetic wand or toy fishing rod.

!WARNING! I do not recommend using small magnets in this activity. Small magnets are not to be ingested and parents should always carefully observe their children when playing with small parts – especially magnets.

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What you will need to do:

1. Very carefully cut the front away from the cereal box with scissors. This can be a little tricky, so you may need to ask an adult to help you with this. You might also need to secure the corners of the box with sticky tape to prevent it from falling apart. Once your box is ready, line the surface of the box with blue paper so that it looks like water.

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2. Using your scissors, very carefully cut out some fish shapes. You can do this by eye or if you have a paper cutter, like a Cricut, you may like to use that! Place the fish into your box.

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3. If you would like to practice some early numeracy skills, you might like to add a number to each fish. You can collage the number with paper or simply write it out with pencil. You might also like to add some tissue paper to the box for some extra detail.

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4. Next, carefully thread a paper clip onto each of the fish. Remember that paper clips are small and an adult should always watch small children closely when using.

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5. Grab a magnetic wand or toy fishing rod that you may have at home and catch the fish!

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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