Sunday, October 11, 2015

Halloween Themed Cutting Tray

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Practicing scissor skills is important for kids to learn, so I like to vary up the materials that we cut from time to time. Doing so makes it more interesting for the kids, but also adds various challenges such as holding new materials steady while cutting or using more or less hand strength to cut. After a trip to the dollar store, I was armed with three bags of Halloween inspired goodies to create this simple fine motor Halloween themed cutting tray for toddlers and preschoolers.

Practice fine motor scissor skills with Halloween colored tubing from the dollar store from And Next Comes L

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Halloween Fine Motor Activity for Kids

For this Halloween themed cutting tray, we used:


 I should mention that cutting this mesh tubing can get a bit messy as the tubing frays when cut.

The tubing is certainly a different material to cut, one that neither of my boys had experimented with before. K struggled to get the hang of cutting it and often needed assistance. J, however, managed quite fine cutting his independently. But it was an exciting and unique fine motor activity for both of them.

Halloween themed cutting tray for toddlers and preschoolers to practice fine motor scissor skills from And Next Comes L

Practice fine motor scissor skills with Halloween colored tubing from the dollar store from And Next Comes L

You'll be left with lots of colorful little bits, which would be a perfect Halloween sensory bin filler. The cut pieces are also fun to play with on their own because when you squish the ends down, it turns into a little spring. The boys got quite the giggle out of me shooting them around like springs.

Halloween inspired cutting tray for fine motor scissor skills from And Next Comes L

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