Need some easy ideas for scissor skills activities? Just like using a knife and fork or holding a pencil, using a pair of scissors is one of those things that kids just have to learn to do at some point, but like most things to do with kids it’s a lot better for everyone involved if you can do it in a fun way!
My kids were never big fans of worksheets and to be honest I’m not either, I don’t think I’m alone in admitting that I prefer to do activities with my kids that I can enjoy a bit too?
Some of these activities have been created for encouraging scissor skills while others are scissor crafts or activities that require using (and therefore practising) scissor skills in a simple and easy way. Hopefully they’ll all bring a bit more fun for you and your kids to getting those scissor skills perfected!
Scissor Skills Activities
Cutting practice is really important for kids, not only is it an essential skill for crafts but it helps to strengthen the hand muscles too.
While scissor use is something that’s normally supported in the classroom or in preschools it’s nice to be able to help with it at home as well. As a parent I realised one day that my child couldn’t use scissors as well as I’d expected so I thought it would be fun to do some activities with them. Neither of my kids has ever been a fan of worksheets though so we very much relied on just doing some crafts using scissors, doing snips and helping to cut a strip of paper or two until they found their confidence.
All the crafts I’m sharing today are either ones I’ve done with my kids or ones that I would try with them. I think that they all look fun and I hope that you do too!
Scissor Skills Crafts
I love these paper feathers from A Little Pinch of Perfect and they’d be really good to craft with afterwards – perhaps decorating a headband or for a bird craft?
I love this fun cutting activity from Nurturestore that uses jelly, a bit messy but I know it would be popular with my kids!
My son made this paper plate twirler as a fun way to practice his scissor skills, this one is Peter Rabbit themed but we’ve made space and snow ones as well so it’s a really simple craft to adapt to your kids interests.
We loved this cute paper bag haircut scissor skills craft
This hedgehog activity from Paging Fun Mums is genius and makes practising a new skill lots more fun!
My son made these snakes to practice his scissor skills and they were great for playing with afterwards too
Use our free template and cut strips of paper in straight lines to make this cute paper hedgehog craft.
This lion craft from Schooltime Snippets is a great way to get your kids making something while practising their scissor skills at the same time.
Try playing ‘what’s hiding in the grass’ with this fun activity from Schooltime Snippets
This flower scissor skills activity would make a cute Mothers Day card too
A cutting tray is a great activity to try out with kids and this one looks great with all the different materials to try including some play dough and scraps of yarn
Make a mosaic snowman craft, this was really popular with my daughter.
I did this craft with my kids when they were aged six and three, we did it as an Autumn one but you could change it to the first letter of your childs name (or anything else you fancy) and cutting the coloured card is a great way to practice scissor skills
We did this activity as a Christmas tree scissor skills craft but you could easily just not do the ornaments and then it could be good for any time of the year!
I love sticky wall activities and they were always really popular with my kids, this sticky wall mural is a great way to practice scissor skills in a way that’s a bit different
More Easy Activities for Kids
After more simple activities to keep your kids busy? We love these DIY birdfeeders which are a great excuse to get outdoors for a while too!
Or fancy some themed crafts? This collection of farm animal crafts has lots of cute ideas in it.
Finally I think it’s fair to say that most of us could do with a few free activities to do with our kids? This list of 60 free activities for preschoolers is a great place to start!