This Montessori inspired Printable Preschool Cutting Busy Box makes it easy for you to help your toddler or preschooler learn scissor skills. We love how cutting works on toddlers fine motor skills which is a pre-writing skill. I am always on the looking for cutting activities for preschoolers because my 3 year old loves any opportunity to practice her new found cutting skills. This post also includes ways to teach kids how to use scissors and develop cutting skills.
Printable Preschool Cutting Busy Box
This cutting busy box (also known as a quiet box) is a great introduction to cutting for preschoolers. You can have your young toddler use the back of the strips. (with your supervision). Preschool aged kids from around the age of 3 will be able to start cutting on the lines. I’d say this a Preschool Cutting Activity for 3 year olds and up.
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- Colored Cardstock
- Preschool Scissors
- An organizer box – I have linked to the exact one we used.
- A Guillotine – For cutting all these pieces out quickly and efficiently.
You can always find more of my recommended supplies in this Preschool Supplies and Toys post.
We do a lot of scissor cutting activities as a part of our weekly preschool activities. Toddlers and preschoolers actually like to work on their fine motor skills because they are learning through play.
How To Create A Cutting Busy Box
Download the Printable Preschool Cutting Box templates at the bottom of this blog post. Then determine which color card stock you would like to use for each type of cutting line. Load this color paper into your printer and print out the correct page. Then change the colored paper to your next color and print the corresponding page.
I printed out about 8 of each color of these printable scissor cutting skills practice worksheets.
Place the colors inside the box and then allow your child to play with the box. You may need to explain what your child should do with each type of cutting line depending on their age.
I especially loved the results from fringe cutting.
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Did you know that preschool scissor skills develops during a certain progression.
Preschool Scissor Cutting Developmental Progression
- Rip – First they rip paper
- Snip – Then they learn to snip paper. This is because the closing action is easier than the opening action.
- Cut an imaginary line – Once preschoolers learn how to open and close scissors they will cut in any direction.
- Cutting a straight line – They will now be able to use their visual perception skills to cut a thick line.
- Zig Zag Lines
- Curved Lines
When my daughter was 2 years old I tried a cutting activity with her and she had a really difficult time with it. I realized that she just wasn’t ready so I began to work on fine motor skills that would get her ready for cutting paper.
Tips for teaching scissor skills:
- Cutting play dough is a great way to work on early fine motor skills and is a wonderful toddler cutting activity.
- Roll play dough balls to encourage hand eye coordination.
- Use fine motor skills tools to encourage the open and close scissor action. (Activity seen on Fun With Mama Instagram Account)
The Bears and supplies can be found on my Preschool Supplies Page
Download the Printable Preschool Cutting Busy Box Worksheets Here
More fun Preschool Activities
- Alphabet Fishing – Simple toddler activity that provides endless fun!
- Organize kids art supplies with a DIY Art Cart – for another organization post.
- Best Preschool Shapes Activities – These easy preschool shapes activities are a fun twist to learn early math skills.
- Elmo Cut and Paste Activity
- Butterfly Yarn Preschool Cutting Activity
- 12 Months Of Gifts for your child with Koala Crate
Preschool Cutting and Busy Box Ideas from Around The Web
- DIY Cutting Box (A Crafty Living) – This blog post inspired this activity and is definitely worth checking out.
- Why cutting skills are important (Makeovers and Motherhood) – This blog post explains more about scissor skills.
- Cutting Box for Fine Motor Skills (Saraj Creations) – I love this unique twist on a busy box.
- How to use Busy Boxes (Munchkins And Moms)
- Scissor Skills (Sugar Aunts)
- 5 Cutting Exercises for Kids (Happy Hooligans)