I must admit that I’m a bit obsessed with paper bag crafts for kids at the moment (you can find some more of ours at the bottom of this page). Generally I try to use stuff that we have in the recycling bin where possible but if say, I were to buy a paper bag full of cookies in the supermarket then hey! I’d have a craft material for free! The fact that I have more than one child means that umm… I need to by cookies quite often at the moment but hey I’m hardly finding that to be a hardship and I can’t say the kids have complained either. This cute scissor skills activity is the perfect way for kids to practice using their scissors without having to use a worksheet and it’s a great way to encourage creativity too.
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Scissor Skills Activity: Paper Bag Haircuts
I originally posted this activity a little while ago but it’s been so popular I thought I’d give it a quick update and share it again. Want to make sure that you remember it? Make sure that you bookmark this page or pin an image so that you don’t forget about it.
Scissor Skills Activities:
We love easy scissor skills activities for kids and we’ve shared quite a few but I think this one is possibly my favourite and it’s certainly been a favourite with other people too! My kids have never been particularly big fans of worksheets, especially my son, so if I want them to try out a certain skill I’ve always needed to do so in a way that didn’t seem too much like ‘work’ to him. As you’ll see this scissor skills activity ticked the box perfectly as he carried it on afterwards in to making a bigger project of his own!
You will need:
Paper bags: You can buy some like these* although I’ve also used the ones in Morrisons
Pens: I used these ones* as they give really bright colours but you could use any felt tips
Paper Bag Haircuts:
I’ve made a video for this craft which you can watch in this post. Prefer written instructions? No problem, you’ll find them here too!
I did this activity with my daughter who is three and my son who is six, I also made a paper bag haircut person myself because I thought they looked like fun!I gave both the kids their paper bags and told them to draw faces on them, at six years old my sons picture is more of a proper face (he even added ears onto the sides) while at three my daughters was less so as she was more interested in making it look pretty – lots of extra eyes!
Both kids then gave it a go with the scissors to cut their paper bags hair, again my daughter needed a little more help with this but this makes them a really fun way to practice scissor skills. You could also trim the hair afterwards if you wanted to. My son loved his paper bag person so much he then continued the craft by making a whole body to go with his paper bag head – complete with a paper bag headed toy with the same haircut!