Candy is not the only great thing about Halloween. It is a chance to work on fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination while having fun at the same time. From ghosts to witches, there are a number of activities you child or student can do that will help increase fine motor skills. For some children and adults with disabilities, struggle with fine motor skills. These activities are a chance to improve the coordination between the brain and the muscles including dexterity and motor control. Click on the links below.
One of the ways to improve fine motor skills is helping children and adults develop cutting skills also help with pre-writing skills and pencil control. Below are resources that will help in developing and teaching scissor skills.
Cutting Skill Development
2 years- snips with scissors
2.5 years- Cuts across a 6-inch piece of paper
3.5 years- Cuts along a 6-inch line
4.5 years- Cuts out a circle
6-7 years- Cuts a variety of shapes and pictures.
Resources on Teaching Scissor Skills
Practice Scissor Skills- The following links below include practicing cutting straight lines, curved lines and circles, zig-zag lines and mixed lines.
10-page scissor skills packet (Mama’s Learning Corner)- geared towards preschoolers and kindergartners.
12 free shapes and cutting page (www.mpmideas.com)- geared towards preschool aged children
Construction truck scissor cutting practice sheets (MO & MH)- Kids will practice cutting lines.
Cut, copy and glue for spring (Your Therapy Source)- Free 3-page packet in black and white. Includes a butterfly, ice cream cone and a snail.
Free cutting and coloring pack (Tot Schooling)- Cutting pack features straight, diagonal, curved and zig zag lines.
House scissor practice (Teaching Station)- Download free worksheets. Includes shapes of circles, squares, triangles, and rectangulars.
Printable preschool cutting busy box (Fun with Mama)- post includes ways to teach kids how to use scissors and develop cutting skills
Rocket scissor practice (Teaching Station)- Kids will practice cutting and pasting shapes to make a rocket.
Snake spiral worksheet (www.education.com)- Kids can both color and cut out the spiral design.
Trolls, hair-cutting (Tot Schooling Net)- Several different levels of difficulties.