This is a great winter project to use when you are first introducing a child to scissors. It requires single "snips" only. You can allow the children to just cut the strips of paper free hand or you can draw lines for them to cut along. I prefer free hand!
You can allow the children to cut out whatever random shapes they like or ask them to create particular shapes -- like triangles, rectangles or even circles.
Thanks to Sierra and Kailey for sharing photos of their scissor skills crafts of a mitten and a snowflake.
- children's scissors,
- construction paper -- you can prechoose the color or let the kids pick their own
- paper and printer
- Print out the craft template of choice.
- ADULT: Cut the construction paper into long, one inch wide strips.
- Let the child snip off pieces from the strips of construction paper.
- Either squeeze the glue onto the template for the child or squeeze some into a margarine container lid and give the child a q-tip or popsicle stick to spread the glue themselves.
- Let the child fill the template with the snipped pieces -- don't worry that they go over the lines. In the case of the mitten, Sierra used two different colors.
- Let dry.
- ADULT: Cut out the shape along the dark line (you should be able to turn the page over and see the dark black line through the back of the paper).
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).