If you have a little one who is working on their scissor skills, I have a fun—and easy!—activity just for you. Don’t let the word ‘confetti’ scare you, this cutting activity for preschoolers isn’t messy at all.
Your little one will love snipping paper to their heart’s content and they’ll get to make some beautiful afterward!
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Before we get into all of the scissor skill fun, you might also like this Free Sensory Bins 101 Guide. Cutting bins actually make for fabulous sensory play! Especially when you add in interesting materials, like nature items, feathers, or even spaghetti. You can grab that right here:
Confetti Cutting Activity for Preschoolers
To prep, I cut some strips of paper in the colors of the rainbow and popped them in a little dish with a pair of safety scissors.
When children are first learning how to use scissors, providing thin strips of paper that can be cut in one snip makes practicing so much easier. As their scissor skills progress, they can practice making multiple snips in a row until, eventually, they will be proudly cutting all sorts of shapes!
But back to those beginning scissor skills. Thin strips of paper are wonderful to start with, as is providing a variety of materials to cut—yarn, straws, feathers… really anything that can be cut in one snip will work.
For this particular activity, my little one was set on using rainbow colors, so that’s what we did.
While your child is cutting, you can remind them to keep their “thumbs up” to encourage proper hand positioning.
Once your little one is done cutting up everything nice and small, you can use those little scraps—excuse me, I mean oh-so-magical rainbow confetti!—to make some beautiful art.
Use glue to draw the first letter of your child’s name on a piece of paper, then have your little one sprinkle the confetti onto the glue. White glue tends to work best for this, though a glue stick will also work in a pinch (you might just have to give those bits of confetti a pat to make them stick).
Once the glue is dry, shake off the excess confetti to reveal your letter. Beautiful!
Of course, you could make other shapes or pictures with your rainbow confetti. Perhaps a heart for some Valentine’s Day art, your child’s age number, or even a little fish shape on some blue construction paper would be cute!
You will find activities like this and so much more in Play into Kindergarten Readiness. The curriculum covers all core preschool skills in ONE 20-minute activity a day.
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Thank you so much for reading, sweet friend,
P.S. Don’t forget to grab your Free Sensory Bins 101 Guide!
Kathryn Marks says
My newest favorite material for cutting practice and/or art is the paint chip samples from the hardware store. My preschoolers absolutely loved them. When we did our tree study, we made a tree on poster board with them and it was so cute. I used brown pipe cleaners for the roots.
What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing!
What a fun idea for my little one! Will be giving this a try later today.
Awesome Natasha! So glad it is a good one for you!