Christmas Scissor Skills for Kids

This easy scissor skills activity is perfect for developing fine motor skills. You can make your own version of this activity with some scraps of colored paper or you can download my FREE printable worksheet to save time. Scroll down to find your copy.

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This is what you will need:

Colored strips of paper

Black marker pen

Scissors

Glue stick

Or this FREE printable worksheet

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut your paper into strips and paste a Christmas tree shape to the end of each strip. This will give your paper snipping activity direction. Once the glue is dry, draw some lines along the length of the strips with black marker pen. These lines can be straight, curved – anything that you like.

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2. Then grab some kids safety scissors and ask your kids to carefully snip along the lines.

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Q-tip Painting for Kids

Q-tip painting is a favorite activity of ours! It is relatively mess-free and is perfect for developing fine motor skills. This activity is the best way for kids, preschoolers and toddlers to practice shape, number and letter recognition. Best of all, it’s lots of fun!

Scroll down for your FREE printable shape, letter and number printable worksheets.

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This is what you will need:

Paint (I recommend washable kid paint!)

Q-tips

Free printable templates – scroll down and you will easily find these

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Shape Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your shape template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into paint and then use them as paint brushes to trace or dot along each shape.

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Number Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your number template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into paint and then use them as paint brushes to trace or dot along each number.

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Letter Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your letter template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into the paint and then use them to trace or dot along each letter.

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Halloween Patterns for Kids

This cute spider activity is perfect for helping kids learn about shapes and patterns this Halloween! Simply print out the templates below, snip the shapes carefully with scissors and then paste them onto the spider legs to continue the patterns. This activity is great for developing early numeracy skills, scissor skills and fine motor skills. And it’s heaps of fun too!

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This is what you will need

Construction paper

Scissors

Recycled cardboard

Glue stick

Stickers

Washi tape (optional)

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This is what you will need to do

1. Cut a spider shape from black construction paper and glue it down onto a piece of recycled cardboard. Add some stickers to start a pattern. Your pattern could be simple alternating patterns or more complicated ones that involve 3 or more colors or shapes. You might also like to add a border of washi tape to finish your game.

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2. Next ask your child to finish the patterns with their stickers. We used small square stickers, simply because that’s what we had on hand. You could use sticker dots or even paints and Q-tips to finish the patterns.

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Here is the FREE printable file for you!

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Here is what the FREE printable worksheets look like. They are so cute!!

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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 Sun Math for Kids

My kids loved this super easy math lesson. Adding the sun rays to each smiling sun was such fun, and a perfect way to learn so many early numeracy skills including number recognition, addition and subtraction, subtilizing and 1:1 correspondence. I made this easy template from some colored construction paper and a piece of recycled cardboard, but if you are short on time, I have a FREE printable version that you might like to use. Once printed, you could even laminate it so that it can be used over and over again!

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Colored construction paper

White printer paper

Scissors

A small square of sticky contact

Dry erase marker

Googly eyes

Glue stick

Washi tape (optional for border)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a sun shape from some orange construction paper and glue it to the piece of recycled cardboard. You might like to give your sun a smiley face too! Next, paste a square of white paper to the top right hand corner of your cardboard. Cover the white square with a piece of clear sticky contact – this will make your board wipeable and allow it to be used over and over again. You will also need some small rectangle “sun rays. Cut these from yellow construction paper.

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2. Print the free Sun Numbers worksheet and use this to practice your numbers. Select one of the suns, count the rays, write the number in the box and the place the corresponding number of sun rays onto the sun.

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3. Use a wipeable or dry erase marker to write the number of rays on the white square. Then add the corresponding number of sun rays to your sun. You don’t need to paste the paper rays down. Just let them sit there so that you can play over and over again.

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Here are the FREE printable worksheets:

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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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