We did a formal cutting exercise today. I cut 4″ by 1″ strips of construction paper in all different colors. I drew black lines on each strip with a sharpie. Some strips had 2 lines, some had 3 lines, and others had 4 lines. I laid them on a tray in the middle of table. In front of each chair I put a pie pan and a pair of scissors. Then I invited the children over to cut up the strips. Some cut on the lines – others didn’t. That was fine by me. I helped them hold the scissors correctly and praised their efforts – I was happy to see how hard they were trying! I didn’t realize what a big hit this activity would be with my class! I actually ran out of paper before everyone had had a turn! I’ll have to prep more and do this again!
After we cut all the paper up – I turned this into a sorting activity. I had some strawberry baskets with cut up paper in them left over from last year. I had the children sort today’s paper pieces by color into these baskets. They also really enjoyed doing this. I told them that we will be doing art with these little pieces of paper – and they loved the idea of helping me get ready for an art project by actually cutting and sorting the paper for me! They were happy and engaged – just what I like to see! 🙂