Cutting practice worksheets are a great way to help your kids develop fine motor skills. Use these fun Fall-themed free cutting practice sheets to help your kids improve their skills!
Confession time: I have failed as a parent.
Let me expand on that…
Sometimes parenting feels like a game of Whack-A-Mole. You tackle one thing that you need to address like teaching your kids their ABCs.
Then another issue pops up like realizing that you haven’t taught your kids how to count to 20 (or even just 10!).
One day I realized that I had another area of need that popped up with my kids: teaching them how to cut. I didn’t even realize it until my oldest went to school and heard that he was behind! What?!
Don’t they learn how to cut IN school? I guess not.
Well, they DO, but I guess they should go into school at least having some experience with cutting. 🤦♀️
We had practiced the ABCs, counting, and even writing letters. But cutting never even occurred to me – I mean, really…giving my active and impulsive BOYS a pair of scissors just seemed like a BAD idea!
Like I tell my kids, my job is to keep them alive until they can keep themselves alive. Giving them a pair of scissors does NOT seem like a logical way to keep them alive.
I Made Some Free Cutting Practice Sheets To Make This Skill-Building Task Easy! Click The Image To Grab Them!
Benefits Of Learning Cutting Skills
Ok, I get it. Really I do – is cutting practice REALLY important?
As it turns out…yep!
Now there’s a tool to help reduce a mother’s panic when it comes to teaching your child this important skill. You just need TWO simple things:
- Fiskars Preschool Training Scissors – perfect for tiny hands!
- My printable Fall free cutting practice sheets (they’re cute and effective!)
Ok, so WHY should kids learn how to cut before they go to school? Well, here are just a few reasons:
- Strengthens hand muscles – kids have to move their hands and fingers in different ways which builds up muscles they may have never used before.
- Improves two-handed coordination – kids need to be able to use both hands when they’re doing different things. Holding a piece of paper in one hand and cutting with the other is a terrific way to build coordination.
- Hand-eye coordination – in addition to building two-handed coordination, cutting helps improve hand-eye coordination for kids.
- Fine motor skills – the action of opening and closing the scissors strengthens the small muscles in the hand to improve fine motor skills (which help with things like holding crayons and coloring) and finger dexterity.
- Focus and attention – this was a tough one for a couple of my boys…and one more reason I should have thought to practice cutting skills.
Free Cutting Practice Sheets For Learning How To Cut With Scissors
Once you have the free cutting practice sheets and the kiddie scissors, you’ll find that your kids learn this skill very quickly.
You’ll just need to show them how to hold the scissors and how to move them and turn them as they cut. Then you can step back and let your kiddo practice with these sheets.
The cutting lines will probably be squiggly, jagged, and awkward at first, but with just a little practice and encouragement, I know they’ll become pros at cutting before you know it!
These free cutting practice sheets are designed for kids 3-6 years old. But older kids up to 8 or 9 will find it fun to use them to continue improving their skills and do the cutting activities this fall!
Free Cutting Practice Sheets For Safe Cutting Practice
As moms, safety is our top priority, right? That’s a huge part of the reason I never felt comfortable giving my kids scissors when they were young!
But now you can do it confidently without fear that your kids will cut their fingers off. These Fiskars Preschool Training Scissors use advanced safer blade angle technology so that kids can cut safely without giving moms a panic attack.
Are you ready to help prepare your child to start school (or improve their skills)? Grab a set of scissors, my fall-themed free printable cutting worksheets, and start having fun! With these sheets, your kiddo will get ALL the practice they need for cutting!
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