© by Leanne Guenther
If you craft with your child from a very young age, you’ll find yourself doing a lot of “cutting out” with your handy pair of scissors. One suggestion I would make is to use children’s safety scissors from the very beginning. That way, when it’s time for you to pass the scissors off to your child for their first attempt at cutting things out they will feel all the more excited to be using the exact same scissors that mommy or daddy have always used! That’s a huge accomplishment and privilege in the minds of most preschoolers.
Cutting and pasting activities develop a child’s fine motor skills and let them practice their ability to follow verbal instructions (for example, glue the arms on first). If you use the black and white version of the templates, children also get to express themselves creatively. I like to provide two different types of coloring tools for the kids each time so they can mix and match – crayons, pastels, pencil crayons, colored chalk, markers, bingo daubers, water color paints, finger paints or tempra paints – and then just let them have at it without too much instruction. After they are done coloring and the pieces are dry (if painted), we move on to the cutting and pasting.