scissor cutting activity sheets

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    not being familiar with the montessori method other than what I've learned here on the forums, how do you use these activities? Looks like they might be helpful for some of our kids with their fine motor control, but how do you use them? :)
     
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    create a center with these papers and scissors in a cup.
    I have seen teachers use wicker paper plate holders for the paper and the child cuts on top of it so the peices get put on the wicker holder and then it either goes into a ziploc or it gets glued (use qtips for extra fine motor practice) to a peice of construction paper

    My daughter used to come home with these sandwich bags of cut paper but it meant she was interested and improving. At 2 and a half, she had more scissor cutting experiences then ANY child she was in camp with (non montessori camp) She knew to cut on lines....
     
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    I have not been able to access this forum for a couple of days. I missed you guys. We had a really bad hair cutting incident 2 years ago and keep our sissors up high and the youngest kids must ask for them. Other than that.....it is like ruthie says. Kids just LOVE to cut.
     
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    Fingerplays/Songs
    Open Shut Them
    Open, shut them, open shut them.
    (use index and middle finger to make scissors motion)
    Give a little snip, snip, snip.
    (three quick snips with fingers)
    Open, shut them, open shut them.
    (repeat scissors motion)
    Make another clip.
    (make another scissor motion)

    Sandpaper Snip
    For beginning cutters have the child cut up pieces of light grade sand paper. Easier for a young child to cut then paper. Children can color the sandpaper with crayons before cutting.
    Scissor Snip
    Set out scissors and strips of paper in order for children to explore cutting.

    Cotton Material Cutting
    The day before you use this activity. Take cotton material any color or pattern. Paint glue all over it, let it dry then use it the next day for children to cut out the patterns or make their own cuttings. The glue makes the material stiff thus easier for children to cut on it.

    Cutting
    For experimentation, a wide variety of materials and types of scissors can be added to the art area for the children.
    Bake Shop
    Playdough, scissors, cookie cutters, and other play cooking tools can be placed on a table. If desired, make paper baker hats and a sign.

    Tailor/Dressmaking Shop
    Materials that are easy to cut should be provided. Likewise, a variety of scissors should be placed next to the material. Older children may want to make items for the dolls.

    Place scissors with the playdough tools. Playdough is a great material for cutting practice
    A. Cutting
    Use a thick black line to guide cutting the following:
    A fringe from a piece of paper /Cut off corners of a piece of paper
    Cut along curved lines /Cut lines with a variety of angles
    Cut figures with curves and angles /Cut clay with blunt scissors

    These two sites are for scissors with the FOUR holes.
    http://www.tuffware.com/school/scissors/training.html
    http://www.wholesaledirectschoolsupply.com/html/training.html

    this one is for the looping/spring action I told you about
    http://www.dickblick.com/zz570/44/products.asp?param=0&ig_id=95

    http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?level=SK&id=250894

    http://www.wisdomking.com/product15401c85087.html
    this one has spring action but also for the entire hand to fit into loop

    http://www.otideas.com/Items/FineMotorSkills.htm
    try here for the chopstick so he can pick up cotton balls. MUST BUY

    http://www.montessori-n-such.com/
    I know their site is down. I have their catalogues here and you must take a look at it.

    http://www.theraproducts.com/index/page-catalog/main-4785
    this site has flippers and also the chop sticks.also the nuts and bolts are awesome

    http://www.juststeve.com/Paula/OTResources/fm4presch.html
    this is the BEST article on fine motor ideas that I think you will get some new ideas
     
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    great ideas... my problem is that my 1:1 kid just HATES cutting... anything involving fine motor, really... won't look at the paper to cut on the line, and even when he's doing a great job, he gets upset about finishing the task...
     
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    seasonal themed papers and items for transferring

    Change your papers and lessons to cut or transfer depending on the holidays of the month. Easter eggs can be transferred into baskets,
    beads (pretending to be easter eggs) can be transeffered onto different soap suction cup holder and the papers for cutting practice could be a bunny rabbit!

    One other fun thing is a felt puzzle that has a theme of the season/holiday
    then the child can push pin or cut out the paper to make their own...

    bulletin board ideas or die cut templates are great for these ideas

    PLAYING THE PIANO with head phones (if an electric one) can really be fun for a kid who hates fine motor activities!
     

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