Kids who are just learning to use scissors LOVE to practice snipping anything they can get their hands on – junk mail, magazines, scrap paper (a sibling’s hair :). Any supervised practice with scissors is great in our book, but sometimes it’s nice to give an actual purpose to all that snipping! Little ones will love creating their own Easter grass and some cute carrots for the Easter Bunny with these 3 simple fine motor activities. Friends and family members will love getting a handmade, one-of-a-kind Easter card!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Blank cards or paper, ink pads, green construction or craft paper, orange construction or craft paper, small buttons, black pen, crayons, scissors, glue
WHAT TO DO:
1 – Fingerprint Eggs Card: Have your child make fingerprints all over the front of his card using the inkpads. Then, have him use the black pen to outline each fingerprint to make them look like eggs. He can also add details and decorations to the eggs like stripes, zigzags, and polka dots. Then, have the child snip up lots of little strips of the green craft/construction paper to make Easter grass. Glue the “grass” in the spaces between the eggs to make them look like they’re hidden for an egg hunt!
2 – Button Easter Basket Card: Have your child draw the shape of a basket on the front of his card (or you draw the basket depending on your child’s age and ability). Again, show him how to cut lots of thin strips of the green paper and glue it on so that it looks like the basket is filled with grass. Next, glue the small buttons on top of the grass to look like Easter eggs!
3 – Simple Carrot Card: This quick, simple project is best for the younger crowd. Once again, have the child work on snipping paper by cutting the green construction/craft paper into small, thin strips. Draw a thin triangle shape on your orange paper and have the child cut that out too. Have the child glue a few of the green strips toward the top of the front of the card and then glue the orange triangle below to look like a carrot!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Depending on your child’s ability with scissors, it may be easier to draw lines on the green paper to show him where to cut. For kids who are just learning how to cut, just let them go for it and you can help snip the strips into the right size/shape afterward.
-Have a kiddo who’s new to using scissors? Check out our 13 Ways to Teach Kids to Use Scissors.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, grasp, coordination, bilateral coordination, visual motor integration
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