Panda Preschool Scissor Practice is the perfect way to engage your little ones and help them develop their fine motor skills!

Panda Preschool Scissor Practice

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to teach basic scissor practice to your students? Look no further, because this Panda Preschool Scissor Practice is the perfect way to engage your little ones and help them develop their fine motor skills! Not only will they have a blast snipping away at their very own piece of art, but they’ll also get important practice using scissors safely and properly. So grab those scissors and let’s get ready for some cute panda-themed fun in the classroom today!

Children can explore different kinds of scissors and try out a variety of cutting styles as they develop eye-hand coordination. Children can start with snipping practice before moving on to increasingly more difficult lines and patterns along which to cut.

Getting children comfortable and familiar with scissors is not only beneficial for their motor development, but it also improves the confidence of our students and expands their creative potential.

Panda Preschool Scissor Strips

Your students can practice scissor skills, using proper and safe grasp while neatly cutting along the dashed line. Toddlers and preschool aged children learning to use scissors, first learn to snip paper rather than cut along a longer line.

When teaching scissor skills, start with simple snipping activities that don’t require intricate designs or shapes. You can offer thin strips of scrap paper for children to use. Alternatively, you can offer our fun panda scissor strips to your children. These will help them sharpen their fine motor skills while having fun at the same time!

Tip: You can add this resource to your art shelves when studying Asia and/or pandas in your Montessori classroom.

To present this material, offer a small bowl to the children to collect the snipped pieces. We will save them for later! We use a small wooden chest. This is a fun touch to our trays that can really intice the children.

We keep several strips available on the tray in our home setting. Children may want to practice with this material several times.

Note: Since we have completed works like this before, I do not need to instruct my children about the proper way to hold the scissors or the steps she needs to take. If you are introducing scissors for the first time, be sure to speak to your child about safety, proper grasp, and the steps of doing the work.

Panda Art

After the children have snipped the pieces, you can use them for artwork! This work really can be a multiple-step activity. Some children will not have the attention span (or desire) to do this all in one day. You can present the following activities at a later time if you can see the child is no longer engaged with this material.

Now, we can continue working on these ever important hand-muscles and basic skills! The next step is to take the cut pieces and create a beautiful work of art! The children can create a panda collage!

What you need

You can offer a glue stick or small bottle of glue. Here, you can see we used:

  • Snipped pieces of panda scissor strips
  • Glue in small bowl
  • Paint brush
  • Green construction paper

Alternatives

Instead of gluing, you can use the snipped pieces for a variety of other activities, such as patterning or matching work.

Patterns and Lines with Scissor Strips

Have your children practice cutting straight, curved, or zigzag lines on their panda-themed printables before moving onto more complicated tasks. Our scissor printables are perfect for children learning to snip or transitioning to cutting along lines.

This set comes with 12 different strips for children to practice cutting along the line.

When we (adults) look at these simple strips, we can see a line with a little panda on there. But when a child is working on this material, there is so much more happening!

As the children move on to using more and more complicated lines and designs, their non-dominant hands will need to manipulate the paper into different positions in order to make the cuts. Their dominant hand will be using the scissors. They will need to coordinate the movements between both hands as they cut along the lines. That’s so much work!

Use with a Sand Tray

Children can use their fingers to make the patterns in the sand. The pand strips offered allow children to practice forming different lines like we would when writing letters – curved lines, straight lines, diferent angles!

I added a white piece of paper to the bottom of the tray. This makes the line stand out more when the child write in the tray. Be sure to avoid overfilling a sand-tray, too. This will make it more difficult to see the line formed in the sand, and will contribute to spills.

Fine Motor Activities

These activities not only helps to promote brand new skills such as hand-eye coordination and fine motor control, but it also helps to prepare children for writing by strengthening their hands! Plus, it’s just plain fun!

The tracing strips provided in this Panda Scissor Strip Pack are perfect for preparing the hand for writing! You can use them in multiple ways to engage and encourage your preschooler or toddler to practice writing, use scissors, and get them ready to make the leap to forming letters later on. All of these variations are pre-writing activities. We are doing the foundational work now to prepare your children for proper letter formation when they are ready!

You do not need to present all of the strips to your preschooler straight away. Especially if it is the first time you are introducing the material. You can select around 3-5 cards for the child. 

Present the strips alongside a manipulative, such as pom-poms, clay, or an appropriate alternative. 

The child can pick up a small object and then place it onto the line. This requires a great amount of concentration and hand-eye coordination. The child has to carefully place each little pom-pom on the line without disturbing the others. 

Make it more interesting by offering a spoon or tweezers.

Conclusion

Developing scissor skills is an important part of early childhood education as it helps strengthen children’s hand-eye coordination, builds problem-solving skills, improves concentration, and encourages creativity!

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