Snowflake Cutting for Fine Motor Practice

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I remember making tons of snowflake designs in elementary school. The classroom windows were filled with all kinds of unique snowflakes cut out by my friends and I. Snowflake cutting builds fine motor strength and precision as your child cuts through folded paper to make a special design. You can help your preschooler make snowflakes with simple designs they can cut themselves. Their wonder and surprise at each snowflake unfolding will encourage them to enjoy using a scissors!

Materials you need:

  • Square pieces of copy paper (needs to be fairly thin paper) You can easily cut copy paper into even squares by folding corners to the size you will want your finished snowflake to be.
  • Children’s scissors
  • Markers

Start out with very simple designs

Straight lines are easier to cut for preschoolers. Start by putting short straight lines on the tips of each corner.

With some tasks, I like to do a demonstration first. Remind your child “Thumb up, Buttercup” or “Point your thumb up to the ceiling/sky” as they cut. Emphasize how to be safe with scissors and they are for paper (or for whatever project you are doing at the time), not for anything else…AKA HAIR…but DON’T say that and give them any crazy ideas!! As the child works cutting along the line, he should find success quickly because each line only takes 1-3 snips, depending on previous scissors practice. Encourage them! Cutting is hard work for little hands!

Start out with this simple design until your child has mastered it. Then you may introduce more straight line shapes for them to cut according to their skill level. Save curved lines for when they are quite proficient with straight line cutting.

Invite your child to create a design for themselves. Nothing makes a kid more excited than fully completing their own project! What a leap in independence!

Skills Strengthened:

  • fine motor strength
  • scissors practice
  • hand-eye coordination
  • following directions
  • bilateral coordination (using both sides of your body for one task)
  • self confidence as they succeed in their cutting skills

Display your child’s snowflakes for the world to see! Help them be proud of their great work! You can decorate the snowflakes with markers or glue and glitter or keep them plain.

My nephews loved decorating their snowflakes with sprinkles and glue! How do you enjoy winter with your little ones? What other snowflake activities have you tried? Share them with me!


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