Pumpkin Themed Cutting Packet
It’s pumpkin season and we are about to be surrounded by everything to do with pumpkins. From pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, carved pumpkins, pumpkin candles… people sure do love to spice up the season with pumpkin! Well, I have added some pumpkins to a handy cutting worksheet packet which I think is pretty exciting. I find that people who work with kids tend to learn to find joy and excitement in the little things. Children often do a great job of highlighting small details that adults usually gloss over. I have heard people say that they wish they could see the world again through a child’s eyes. As a pediatric therapist I would like to think that I get glimpses everyday of how big and wonderful the world is. So yes, pumpkins on a cutting packet is pretty darn exciting!
This packet contains various lines and shapes for kids to practice their cutting skills. Before a child starts to work on cutting lines and then shapes, they should be developmentally ready for the challenge. They should be successful at cutting a variety of materials and being able to sequence cuts in order to cut across a piece of paper.
There are many different ways to help a child be more successful when cutting lines and shapes.
Some ideas are:
- Make sure they are holding the scissors and paper appropriately. Their cutting hand should have a thumbs up position with the thumb and middle finger in the loops and the index finger in front. If they are right-handed they should cut in a counter-clockwise direction. If they are left-handed they should cut in a clockwise direction. The non-cutting hand should be in a place that will support the paper with the thumb on top of the paper.
- Try printing the worksheets on card stock paper to provide more stability
- Trace over the lines with a marker to make them thicker and bolder before having the child cut
- Outline the lines with a strip of school glue on either side. Once it dries it will provide a barrier or “bump” each time the child deviates from the line.
- Cut between the lines so there is only one line per piece paper to give the child more control
- Try spring-assisted scissors
- Practice, practice, practice
- Have fun! Keep the frustrations down by providing materials that are developmentally appropriate and supporting a child as they practice their cutting skills
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