Scissor skills are an essential life skill, but learning and practicing them can be tricky! The best way to start is with plastic scissors and play dough, but once children can cut paper, then it’s time for some activities that help build these skills like this scissor skills practice lion craft. No one likes to practice any skill just to practice, and no parent or teacher wants to argue or negotiate to get a student to practice either. The best way is through play and creative pursuits, like this lion! Crafts aren’t my main focus in my classroom, but crafts like this lion craft that really hones in on a specific skill are awesome.
Scissor Skills Practice Craft
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Gather your materials. You will need three sheets of colored construction paper, glue, a crayon, scissors, and two googly eyes. My favorite scissors to use with playdough are these, and when children graduate to real scissors my favorite are these.
Start by drawing a circle on a sheet of paper. Cut out.
Using that cutout circle draw two circles on the 2nd sheet of construction paper. It should look like a donut. Cut out, leaving the center hole intact.
Using your scissors make cuts from the edge of the circle to the line of the inner circle. In a classroom, I may do this step over a few days if children are getting fatigued.
Glue on to the 3rd piece of paper.
Draw a face on the small circle. Add googly eyes.
Add to the other papers. Voila, you have a lion!
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