Practice scissor skills with preschoolers using this (surprisingly fun!) material!

Straw Cutting Tray

This post contains affiliate links My oldest son loves to practice with his scissors…to an extent. Cutting paper doesn’t necessarily excite him.  He usually wants to cut everything else, though! Play dough snakes, plants, even coupons are more interesting than following a simple dotted line on a plain paper! And who says he has to…

Nature cutting tray for preschool scissor skills

Nature Cutting Tray

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}  It’s been a good long time since I’ve made made a new cutting tray for my preschoolers. It’s not that we haven’t been doing them (in the last two weeks we’ve re-done the “Spider Web Cutting Tray” and the “Recyclables Cutting Tray“), it’s just I haven’t…

Preschool Cutting Tray from Recyclables

      With the Super Bowl coming near, there will be lots of Hormel appetizer trays making the rounds in American homes. We had this one left over from New Years Day and I could not bring myself to throw the tray out. It sat (empty and cleaned) on my counter for a couple…

Christmas Cutting Tray

{This post contains affiliate links}   We finally took down our Christmas boxes from the rafters. I wanted to take my time and nostalgically look at each piece that I’ve collected over our 11 years of marriage, but I’ve got two energetic boys who aren’t really interested in nostalgia. They want to play! (well, one…

“The Very Busy Spider” Cutting Activity

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links} Scissors can be a scary thing to introduce to toddlers. Will they cut themselves? Will they cut their hair (or someone else’s hair?!?) Do they really need to learn to use scissors yet? Of course there’s always a risk of cutting things other than the items…

Valentines Fine Motor Tray

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}   This Valentine Fine Motor Tray was so simple to put together, and it was also a great way for my munchkin to practice fine motor control. If you’re around the blog often, you’ll notice we do a lot of fine motor practice, and that’s because…

How to Incorporate a Stapler to you Preschool Art Center

Why hello there little Swingline! This post contains affiliate links See that pretty red Swingline? That was a special request from my son. He has been asking for a stapler for age (the things my kids ask for 😉 ) I was a little bit hesitant because when I was younger I actually stapled my…

Tips for teaching toddlers and preschoolers how to develop scissor skills

Tips for Teaching Scissor Skills

I know there are many educators (both homeschool and classroom teachers), who fear keeping scissors out for kids to use. They put glitter and paint in the same category as scissors- a preschool version of TNT that should be kept under lock and key! But I’ve been giving my toddlers and preschoolers access to (kid-friendly)…

Beautifully Simple Nature Activitiesyuiu

Beautifully Simple Nature Activities

This post contains affiliate links I love doing nature inspired preschool activities with my kids! Mostly, that comes in the form of playing in the mud or planting a garden, but this spring we also incorporated a few (beautifully simple) nature activities that were a hit with everyone. Here’s a list of some if the…

Sorting Parts of a Flower

Sorting Parts of a Flower

Hello spring!! So we’ve been enjoying spring themed preschool activities around here (see our Nature Cutting Tray) when I was struck with inspiration to extend the activity for my kids- sorting the freshly dissected parts of a flower! This activity is a total two-for-one win because in preparing one activity, you can get another one…

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