Use up Junk Mail: Give Your 3 Year Old Scissors (no running)

Maren (almost 3 yrs) practicing cutting with her kiddie scissors. 

Maren (almost 3 yrs) practicing cutting with her kiddie scissors. 

Maren (almost 3) loves cutting paper. She loves acting like a big kid.  I enjoy that she’s completely entertained for at least 45 minutes while doing something to hone her fine motor skills and using up junk mail and paper from the recycle/shred bin.  This little girl can cut and she cuts a lot.  (This is, of course, a completely supervised activity.)

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If cardboard cutting is involved she wants to move into taping it together too, to create animals, vehicles and fairy houses.  The best part is that these are all made from scrap paper.  Never something new to buy, nor anything that you’ll have to store, you just get to use up junk mail and re-create from the recycle bin.

Fairy houses and a boat.

Fairy houses and a boat.

Maren also likes to glue her tiny cut pieces of paper to her big drawing pad.  She called these little pies.  

This activity also gave me some time to try to teach her proper cutting form.  She's still working on this!

Demonstration:  How to hold scissors.

Demonstration:  How to hold scissors.

Gluing her tiny pies to the paper.

Gluing her tiny pies to the paper.

I thought this may be a fun one-time experiment, but she often goes to the drawer and asks, “Mama, can I do cutting?  I’m big.”  It’s so sweet to see her grow!  She's actually getting better each time she does it.

Do you have a favorite, fun, super easy activity?  Please share in comments. 

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.