Cutting strips make for a fantastic exercise for little hands that are just getting used to using scissors. With one quick cut the child is successful and "rewarded" with the piece of paper that falls to the table. It's a great idea to make cutting strips available to your children all the time, though they don't always have to be part of a project. Sometimes the children will cut, cut, cut, then throw away their little pieces of paper... this is ok! Remember, it's the process that's important, not the product.
December is a particularly fun month to take cutting strips one step further. We've designed these ones to make a Christmas tree when laid out biggest to smallest, which is of course another great activity for little minds!
This listing contains a PDF file that can be saved to your computer and used over and over. Simply print it out, copy it onto green cardstock, then cut the strips lengthwise, leaving the smaller diagonal cuts for the child. Make the cutting strips available to the children along with scissors, 1/4 sheet construction paper (we use red), some small stickers and glue or a glue stick.