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.)
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.
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!
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.