With this cute scissor skills printable, kids help the animal mamas find their babies by cutting along the dotted line.
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This week for our Mom Explores Book Club, we read a cute book about animal mamas and their babies. A Baby Is Born, by Melanie Bartelme, uses bright and colorful illustrations to show where different types of babies are born. Whether born in a den, a tree or the sea, all of these babies are simply adorable!
Mama & Baby Scissor Skills Printable
- free scissor skills printable
- kid friendly scissors
- gallon sized press and seal bag
- paper clips
This fun free printable helps young learners practice fine motor skills by cutting along lines to match up the moms and babies. Building fine motor skills in 1 area will ultimately help kids when they are using fine motor skills to complete other tasks. The muscles and coordination built up by this activity will also help kids with buttoning, zipping and writing. For young learners, it is important to incorporate fun fine motor practice every day.
Fine motor practice doesn’t always have to be pre-planned or structured, as it is with this printable. Your kids can also hone their fine motor skills with natural activities such as coloring, removing stickers from a sticker sheet, grasping and manipulating small toys, and managing their own clothing.
Although some activities may be challenging for your child, such as buttoning their pants or zipping their coat, it is important to encourage your child to try on their own, instead of asking for help right away. This means you may have to leave some extra time in your schedule so the child doesn’t feel rushed and become frustrated. It’s amazing how long it takes to complete ANY task, after you have kids, right?!
After the kids have separated the animals, allow them to inspect each piece to see how well they did with following the line. Then, let them tell you how they can improve, and help them set a goal for the next time they complete a scissor skills activity.
When finished, clip the 3 pieces together with a paper clip, date the bundle and save the pieces in a gallon sized press and seal bag so your child can compare the progress made each time. Allowing kids to see their progress helps them visualize their accomplishments and helps to motivate them when they may be feeling frustrated.
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