DIY Cutting Busy Box

This Montessori inspired Printable Preschool Cutting Busy Box is a perfect scissor cutting activity for toddlers and preschool kids for fine motor skills.

A Busy Box is essentially a box of supplies and materials designed to keep little ones busy 😉 Busy Boxes are great to have prepared for those times you need an activity for your kids.

Cutting develops bilateral coordination, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. The skills learned within cutting is also preparing your child for writing skills & the manipulation of pencils & crayons.

If you prepare the box and the different items to cut, it will be a very simple activity for the moment you want to use it. All you need is the Cutting Busy Box, some kids scissors and the fun can start! You can use a container with separate sections to hold each item and it will be more organized.

For Toddlers starting using scissors, try offering materials to tear & snip, like

  • Play dough rolled into snakes. This is easy to hold and snip.
  • Cooked Spaghetti
  • Thick strips of construction paper – then gradually move onto thinner paper such as shredded newspaper or magazines, etc

For advanced Toddlers & Preschoolers, try:

  • Straws
  • Stringed Beads
  • Magazines & Junk Mail
  • Shredded Newspaper
  • Flower Petals, Herbs & Leaves – Create a natural Cutting Tray using collected treasures from a nature walk.
  • Paper Plates
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Foam
  • Wrapping Paper

Your children will enjoy this activity!


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