Preschool Learning: Paper Cut-Out Writing Activity
What you need:
- Old magazines
- Child-sized scissors
- Markers or pencils
- Picnic blanket
- Dolls, action figures, etc.
- Snacks (Why not make it a real picnic to boot?)
- Using old magazines, have your child cut out pictures of food with child-sized scissors (supervised, of course!). Older children can draw the food items if they want!
- Then have your child write up a menu. You can help spell out the words as he writes the letters.
- For early learners, use ruled paper (or draw lines) to help them keep their letters straight. (But don't worry if they're not!)
- Don't forget place mats and place cards! For each "guest," have your child draw a picture of a picnic attendee. Write the guest's name at the top.
- Now, using the magazine cut-outs, serve the "food" to your "guests." You and your kid can of course, munch on the real stuff!
How this builds brains: By practicing holding the pencil or crayon and moving her pencil on paper, as well as cutting out objects, your child is developing her fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination, which sets the stage for penmanship.
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