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:
- 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
- Wrapping Paper
Your children will enjoy this activity!